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Fragments found at Robinson helicopter crash site in Altai mountains — source

February 13, 8:08 updated at: February 13, 8:20 UTC+3

A group of investigators has set out for the crash site

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MOSCOW, February 13. /TASS/. Pilots of a Mi-8 helicopter flying over the alleged crash site of a Robinson helicopter in Altai Mountains have detected the helicopter’s fragments, a source in the emergencies agencies told TASS.

According to the source, rescue workers are heading to the crash site in helicopters while a group of rescue workers on the ground is ready to receive them.

Rescue workers have recovered a body of one of the passengers, a source in the regional emergencies agencies said told TASS.

Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case over the crash of a Robinson helicopter.

"The case has been initiated under Article 263.3 of the Russian Criminal Code (violation of security requirements while using aircraft, resulting in the death of two and more persons through negligence)," senior aide to the head of the Western Siberian Transport Investigative Department Yana Strizhova told TASS.

A group of investigators has set out for the crash site.

According to media reports, a Robinson helicopter disappeared on Sunday while flying over Lake Teletskoye in the Altai mountains. There were five people aboard including former Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Altai Anatoly Bannykh, Director General of the Moscow HeliClub company Maria Kozintseva, the company’s chief pilot Dmitry Rakitsky, his wife Yelena Rakitskaya and basejumper Gleb Vorevodin.

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