18 people killed in helicopter crash in Russian Federation

Mi-8 helicopter Crash in Siberia

Mi-8 helicopter Crash in Siberia

The Mi-8 helicopter crashed in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia.

Eighteen people were killed when a helicopter crashed shortly after take-off in Siberia when its rotor blades collided with another aircraft.

The helicopter, which belonged to UTair, a Russian airline, crashed Saturday morning in the north of Krasnoyarsk region, eastern Siberia, near the Vankor oil pumping station.

The second helicopter was able to land safely.

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Such incidents are common in Siberia and eastern Russian Federation, where helicopters are required to cover vast distances.

The helicopter was reportedly taking workers to an oil station.

According to preliminary data, the helicopter collided with the external cargo suspension of another helicopter that took off earlier, before it fell, collapsed and burnt, a statement published by Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency said.

The ministry added that it had set up a commission to investigate the crash.

Russian news reports said all the passengers killed are believed to have been working for a subsidiary of the state oil company Rosneft.

The helicopters' black boxes were recovered, appear undamaged, and will be sent to Moscow as part of the investigation, TASS reported. The two aircraft were owned by UTair-Helicopter Services, a unit of Russian airline UTair.

The doomed helicopter, operated by aviation company Utair, was carrying 15 oil workers and three crew.

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