The cause of a helicopter crash in Russian Federation

The cause of a helicopter crash in Russian Federation

Eighteen people were killed in a Russian helicopter crash on Saturday in East Siberia region, authorities said.

'An Mi-8 with external cargo load and without passengers on board was the first to take off, ' said a source at Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviatsiya.

"At 10:20 a.m. on August 4, 2018, a Mi-8 helicopter performed a hard landing in Turukhansk district 2 kilometers from the village of Igarka", as reported by an official in Russian Emergency Ministry's department.

The Criminal Investigation Department of Russian Federation continues to investigate the crash under the criminal code for violation of safety rules that resulted in the death of two or more persons by negligence, Kommersant reported.

One helicopter was carrying passengers while the other helicopter which landed safely was carrying external suspended cargo.

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The helicopter was operated by the Utair airline, according to an emergency services source cited by TASS, a Russian news agency.

A spokesman for an emergency team set up to eliminate the aftermaths of the accident told TASS two flight recorders had been found at the site of the crash.

The crash took place shortly after take-off, with the helicopter's fuel tanks full.

The law enforcers said all the possible versions are under consideration including crew error and the equipment failure.

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