18 killed in Russian helicopter crash in North-western Siberia

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Eighteen people have died in a Russian helicopter crash in north-western Siberia.

Russia’s emergencies ministry said the MI-8 went down at 10:20 local time (03:20 GMT), about 180km (112 miles) from the town of Igarka, in Krasnoyarsk Territory killing all those on board, including three crew members and 15 passengers.

The helicopter was reportedly taking workers to an oil station.

An investigation is under way and initial assessments have suggested that “the aircraft’s blades struck cargo being carried by another helicopter just after take-off.’’

The Russian Transport Ministry said “The second helicopter landed safely and the incident happened in “normal” weather conditions.”

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