Russian Investigative Committee (IC) has opened a criminal case over Mi-8 helicopter’s crash landing in Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Distric.
"The Urals transport investigation department of the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case over Mi-8 helicopter crash in accordance with Part 3 Article 263 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ("Violation of security measures at movement and use of aircraft that led to death of two or more people by negligence")," IC said TASS.
"Investigators consider three main causes of the crash - violation of flight security measures, equipment malfunction, unfavorable weather conditions," the press service said adding that "there is no main line of inquiry now."
"According to preliminary reports, 19 people died at the spot from multiple injuries, and three people were taken to Novy Urengoy city hospital," IC said adding that the helicopter was damaged.
Nineteen people died and three more were injured in the Mi-8 helicopter's crash landing in 80 kilometers to the north-west of the Urengoy settlement was reported at 6:57pm Moscow time on October 21. On board the helicopter were 22 people - 19 of them died, including three crew members.
The rescuers have evacuated all the injured to hospitals, where they receive necessary assistance, and have taken out all bodies from the helicopter.
The MI-8 was flying from the Suzunsky oil deposit (Krasnoyarskiy Kray) to Novy Urengoi (YANAO). Radio contact with the rotorcraft was lost soon after the takeoff. The helicopter did not arrived at its destination at due time.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has offered condolences to families of the victims in the crash of a Mil Mi-8 helicopter in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District and wished soonest recovery to the injured, Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
Investigation into the accident is under way now.