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MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. Russia’s Defense Ministry’s search and rescue helicopters have delivered to a hospital 32 military servicemen injured during an Ilyushin Il-18 aircraft’s emergency landing in Yakutia, the ministry’s press service said in a statement on Monday.
"The Defense Ministry’s search and rescue helicopters have delivered 32 military servicemen to a hospital in Tiksi, 16 of them are in critical condition. All the injured are being given necessary medical care," the statement reads. The press service added that a special helicopter of the Defense Ministry had been sent to Tiksi to airlift the injured. The helicopter is equipped with medical support modules and carries Moscow’s Burdenko military hospital doctors on board."
"The condition of the injured allows to transport them, they will be airlifted to military hospitals in Moscow and St. Petersburg for medical treatment and rehabilitation," the press service said.
An Ilyushin Il-18 aircraft, making a planned flight from the Kansk airfield, made an emergency landing at 4:45 Moscow time (1:45 am GMT) 30 kilometers from the Tiksi airfield. According to the Defense Ministry, there were 32 passengers and seven crew members on board.