MOSCOW, October 29 (Itar-Tass) - The department of the Emergency Situations Ministry /EMERCOM/ for Moscow confirmed a helicopter crash in the southeastern part of the Russian capital. "The helicopter fell in Privolnaya Street, Zhulebino district, and caught fire. The fire zone is 20 square meters," department spokesman Viktor Biryukov told Itar-Tass.
Biryukov said that no casualties have been reported at the time.
A source from Russia’s security agencies told Itar-Tass that the aircraft was a Ka-52 helicopter, belonging to the Defense Ministry. “Pilots are alive. They managed to eject in time; however, they suffered injuries,” the spokesperson said.
Fire and rescue teams are working on site. Security services confirmed that the accident caused no casualties or destruction of property.
Initial reports suggest the helicopter was conducting a test flight. Several theories are being pursued, including hardware failure.
The Defense Ministry said that the Ka-52 belonged to a company called Kamova. “Russia’s Air Force helicopters were not flying over Zhulebino district,” the press service stressed, adding that “the crash-landed Ka-52 was undergoing field testing for Kamova design bureau.” The aircraft was manned by pilots working for the R&D company, the Ministry spokesperson explained.
The helicopter crash landed on a helipad, located in the Zhulebino district, the source concluded.