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Criminal case opened following crush of Mi-8

June 08, 2013, 10:58 UTC+3

All the people, who were on board a Mi-8 helicopter, died

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MOSCOW, June 8 (Itar-Tass) - Following the accident with a Mi-8 helicopter in the Khabarovsk territory, which claimed five lives, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case on charges of violation of flight rules or preparations for them.

All the people, who were on board a Mi-8 helicopter, died.

The rescuers, who managed to get to the site, identified the machine by the board number, press service of the regional branch of Russia’s EMERCOM told Itar-Tass on Saturday. From the site of the accident, the rescuers reported to the office in Khabarovsk that all the people /four members of the crew and one passenger/ were found dead.

The Mi-8 helicopter with four crew members and one passenger on board left the Tugur village, the Tugur-Chumik district for the village of Briakan. It was expected to reach the destination in the evening of June 6. The helicopter, which carried about three tonnes of food products to Briakan, went missing on the way and radio contact with it was lost. It belonged to the regional branch of DOSAAF /in the times of the USSR a volunteer sports-military society, which remains now more like a net of sports clubs/.

“Presently, investigators and criminologists are on their way to the site,” the Investigative Committee said. “After they examine the site, the bodies will be taken for the molecular genetics examinations.”

On Saturday, rescuers found the helicopter’s wrecks in the Polina district.


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