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Criminal case opened over crash of helicopter Mi-8 in Tomsk region

July 15, 2013, 10:05 UTC+3

Ten people wounded in a hard landing of the helicopter remain at the central district hospital

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TOMSK, July 15 (Itar-Tass) - The Western Siberian transport investigation department opened a criminal case over the crash of a helicopter Mi-8, which trafficked duty oil workers in the Tomsk Region.

Initial versions of the air crash are a mistake of piloting or the failure of avionics, the transport investigation department told Itar-Tass on Monday. “Now our five operatives are working at the incident site, the detectives are also interrogating the injured people, witnesses in the town Tara, more concrete conclusions will be made upon results of our large-scale investigative measures and the work of the specialists of the Interstate Aviation Committee,” a source in the Western Siberian transport investigation department told Itar-Tass.

The criminal case was opened under Article 263 Part 1 of the Russian Criminal Code for violation of the rules of safety and operation of aircraft that entailed a heavy damage to health or the infliction of a large damage through negligence that envisages fines from 100,000 to 300,000 roubles or the deprivation of freedom for up to two years.

Ten people wounded in a hard landing of the helicopter remain at the central district hospital on Monday. Four of them are estimated to be in heavy condition (one person is in the intensive therapy ward), six people in moderately heavy condition. Other five passengers of the crashed helicopter were discharged from hospital on Monday, they will undergo an outpatient treatment.

The helicopter Mi-8 of the transport company Gazpromavia with 14 passengers and three crewmen onboard has made a hard landing and fell on one side shortly after the takeoff. The air incident occurred on July 14 not far from the Igolsko-Talovy oil deposit in the Kargasok district of the Tomsk Region. Fifteen people have got injuries in the air incident, no people died in the air crash.

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