Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Probe opens after Russian helicopter crash kills 18

Probe opens after Russian helicopter crash kills 18

"I was saddened to learn about the helicopter crash in Krasnoyarsk city in the Siberian Federal District of the Russian Federation, killing 18 people", Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a tweet.

The Russian government has set up a commission and begun investigations into the air crash.

As reported earlier a Mi-8AMT helicopter belonging to UTair - Helicopter Services crashed at 5:43 am Moscow time in the Vankor landing ground area.

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Fata came to the conclusion that the cause of the accident was the second helicopter: two aircraft of the airline UTair - cargo and passenger - performed the take-off too close to each other.

The helicopter with cargo carrying no passengers landed safely after the crew dropped the external suspension, it added.

The deceased were workers, heading for their work at the oil-pumping station.

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The helicopter was manufactured in 2010. The criminal investigators of the Main Directorate of Criminalistics of Russia's Investigative Committee were sent to the scene, the committee said in a statement.

'The helicopter had undergone a pre-flight inspection, it was technically sound, ' said a law enforcement source.

The crash comes four months after another fatal accident involving an Mi-8 in eastern Russian Federation, which killed six people.

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