Six dead in helicopter crash in Russia’s Far East

Photo: Valery Sharifulin/TASS


Six crew members were killed in a helicopter crash in the Russian city of Khabarovs, TASS reports, quoting the Far Eastern transport investigation department of the Russian Investigative Committee.

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

“The investigation looks 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.

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