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Russian Federation helicopter crash: Horror smash 'kills 18 with no survivors' in Siberia

Russian Federation helicopter crash: Horror smash 'kills 18 with no survivors' in Siberia

There were 15 passengers and three crew onboard, the airline said.

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

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

"The second take-off was performed with passengers who were workers on shifts at the oil station".

The second helicopter had no passengers on board and managed to land safely.

Russian air safety has improved since the 1990s, when poor aircraft maintenance, pilot training and official oversight in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union resulted in a high crash incidence.

The aircraft collided with the cargo of another helicopter as it was taking off on Saturday morning, according to Russia's aviation watchdog. It added that the helicopter was manufactured in Russian Federation in 2010, and the pilot had flown almost 6,000 hours.

The crash comes four months after another fatal accident involving an Mi-8 in eastern Russian Federation, which killed six people.

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-8, flying at an altitude of about 328 feet, hooked rotor blades with the cargo of a Mi-26 helicopter of the same company flying nearby before the crash, a report on Investigative Committee's website said.

In April, a Mi-8 helicopter crashed in far eastern Russian Federation, killing six people.


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