A Russian helicopter has crashed in Siberia killing 18 oil workers

Yuri Smitiuk  TASS

In 2016, 19 people died when a Mi-8 helicopter carrying oil and gas field workers crashed in a remote area of Siberia.

Eighteen people were killed when a helicopter crashed shortly after take-off in Siberia when its rotor blades collided with another aircraft.

The Mi-8 helicopter, operated by Russia's national airline Utair, was carrying three crew members and 15 passengers, the country's transport ministry said.

The helicopter with cargo landed safely after the crew dropped the external suspension, it added.

The Interstate Aviation Committee, which oversees civil aviation in much of the former Soviet Union, said the Mi-8 helicopter collided with the load being carried by another helicopter.




Such incidents are common in Siberia and eastern Russian Federation, where helicopters are required to cover vast distances.

'The Mi-8AMT carrying passengers-shift workers-to an oil pumping station was the second to takeoff'.

"The first take-off was carried out by an Mi-8 with an external cargo suspension without passengers on board", the ministry said in a statement.

According to the TASS news agency, the helicopter's black boxes have already been recovered and appear undamaged. The two aircraft were owned by UTair-Helicopter Services, a unit of Russian airline UTair.

Picture: SuppliedAll passengers were believed to have been working for a subsidiary of the state oil company Rosneft. It also works around the world on United Nations contracts, according to the company's website.

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