All 18 Passengers, Crew Perish When Mi-8 Goes Down in Siberia

By Dan Parsons | August 6, 2018
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A Russian Mi-8 helicopter crashed in Siberia over the weekend, killing all 18 people on board, according to the country’s aviation authority.

The aircraft went down Aug. 4 in the Krasnoyarsk region of East Siberia north of the Arctic Circle, according to the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency’s website.


Three crew members and 15 passengers were killed when the aircraft, owned by Utair Airline, went down. Reports indicate the aircraft crashed immediately after takeoff from the town of Igarka, located on the Yenisei River.

Russian law enforcement officials said the helicopter crashed after a midair collision with cargo carried by another helicopter.

"It crashed immediately after takeoff because of collision with the cargo carried by another helicopter that was also airborne at the moment," a police source told TASS Russian News Agency.

Authorities have not confirmed a collision caused the crash and have not ruled out pilot error or equipment malfunction. First responders have recovered two flight recorders from the accident scene, according to reports.

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