Russian airline says 18 killed in Siberian helicopter crash

The hole in ground that appeared in Russia

The hole in ground that appeared in Russia

In November 2017, six people died when a small plane crash-landed in the Khabarovsk region.

The Mi-8 crashed to the ground seconds after takeoff and exploded in an inferno in the Krasnoyarsk region of Russian Federation.

Pictures from the crash scene show the fire where the helicopter crashed.

The helicopter's rotors hit meal pipes which being lifted by another Mi-8, say officials from the site.

The crashed helicopter was carrying 15 passengers and three crew, according to its operator, UTair airlines.

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 Mi-26 helicopter made an emergency landing and no one was hurt in that aircraft.

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The transport ministry said the Mi-8 helicopter, reportedly taking workers to an oilfield, went down when it collided with machinery carried by another helicopter soon after take-off.

"A Mi-8 helicopter which was carrying external suspended cargo and no passengers completed take-off first".

Utair has launched its own investigation of the Siberian crash and offered its condolences to families of the deceased.

The other helicopter landed safely after the incident.

State oil company Rosneft said the passengers were employees of its subsidiary RN Vankor, and contract workers.

The probe is likely to focus on pilot error.

The crew of the cargo-carrying helicopter were not injured and there was no adverse weather conditions, said Rosaviatsia.

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