Six dead in helicopter crash in Russia’s far east city

Russian helicopter

A Russian helicopter on a training flight crashed in the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk, killing all six crew members on board.

emergemcy responders at the site of the helicopter crash

Emergency responders at the site of the helicopter crash

The Far Eastern Transport Investigation Department of the Russian Investigative Committee announced the crash on Wednesday.

A criminal case was launched into the violation of air transport safety rules.

“The investigation is looking into three major versions of the accident: weather conditions, technical malfunction or pilot error,” the department said in a statement.

According to the statement, a Mi-8 helicopter of the Vostok air carrier crashed on the Vyborgskaya street in the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk at about 11.00 local time (4.00 Moscow time) while on a training flight.

A team of investigators is working at the scene.

Another agency’s report quotes the chief doctor of the local hospital as saying that no one survived in the accident, while Aleksander Vitko, the Health Minister of the Khabarovsk Territory, said that the medical workers had been engaged in the identification of victims.

Following the incident, a spokesperson of the Russian Investigative Committee said its personnel had already been already deployed to the scene, confirming that all six people aboard were killed.

“The helicopter crashed in the city at the Antennaya street. According to preliminary information, all six people aboard the aircraft are dead,” the in the regional emergencies services said.

SOURCE:  Agencies reports

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