Yamal Helicopter Crash Causes One Fatality, 17 Injured

A Mil Mi-8 helicopter

According to an Investigation Committee source, the crash of a Mil Mi-8 helicopter in Yamal left one dead and 17 hurt.

The Mi-8 crashed 300 meters away from the helicopter pad, close to the Obskaya-Bovanenkovo railroad line, at about 9:00 a.m. Moscow time on Sunday, Dec. 19. “The helicopter had 18 people onboard, including 15 passengers and three crewmembers. The crew commander died, and 17 people were injured,” he said.

“The Urals transport police branch of the Investigation Committee opened a criminal case over the breach of air traffic rules,” he noted. “A helicopter was sent to the crash scene for transporting the injured to hospital.”

The Federal Air Transport Agency said that the helicopter crashed while landing for refueling. It was carrying 15 geologists from Labytnangi to the Bovanenkovo deposit.

The helicopter of the Yamal airline was performing the flight amid polar night, the source said.

This is the second accident of the sort in the past month. A Mil Mi-8 of the Novosibirsk aircraft repairing plant crashed while flying from Kyshtovka in the Novosibirsk region to the southwestern segment of the Krapivinskoye oil field in the Omsk region. The helicopter caught fire. Eight passengers died, and three crewmembers were injured.

The Mil Mi-8 is a medium twin-turbine transport helicopter that can also act as a gunship. The Mi-8 is the world’s most-produced helicopter, and is used by over 50 countries. Russia is currently the largest active operator of the Mi-8/Mi-17 helicopter.





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