Mi-8 helicopter crashes in East Siberia

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Russian helicopter crashes, deaths feared

Eighteen people died in Russian Federation on Saturday morning when a helicopter crashed on its way to an oil station in the north Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk, local television network RT reported.

The victims were 15 passengers and three crew members.

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

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

Soon after take-off, the helicopter collided with the outside cargo that another helicopter was carrying, officials said, adding that the second helicopter landed safely after ditching its cargo. "As a result it fell, was destroyed and burned", 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. The helicopter flew 2 kilometre before it crashed.

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The country's Investigative Committee said it opened a criminal investigation into the crash.

The Mi-8 crashed to the ground seconds after takeoff and exploded in an inferno in the Krasnoyarsk region of Russian Federation.

The Mi-8 helicopter crashed in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia.

Eighteen people have been killed in a horrific helicopter crash after its blades hit cargo hanging off another helicopter.

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.

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