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Russian helicopter crashes in Siberia claiming 19 lives

Moscow: As many as 19 people were killed as a helicopter crashed in Siberia, the Russia’s Investigative Committee informed here on Saturday.

The investigation agency said in a statement that one Mi-8 chopper carrying 22 people crashed on Friday night outside the Novy Urengoy city in which at least 19 people lost their lives while three people have been rescued. The agency added that the three survivors got multiple injuries according to the preliminary data.

The sources added that the chopper was carrying the passengers from the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk to the town of Urengoy when it crashed yesterday (Friday).

The regional headquarter of the ministry informed the media that it had been informed to them that a chopper made a strict landing some 80 kms (50 miles) outside Novy Urengoy on Friday night but did not report any casualties initially.

Moreover, the rescue teams approached to the site and managed to save three people from the wreckage of the helicopter, the ministry informed.

Moreover, the survivors were transferred to a nearby hospital in Novy Urengoy city, it was reported.

The investigative agency reported that the chopper has been crashed due to violation of flight safety regulations by the pilot, a mechanical problem or difficult weather conditions.

Meanwhile, the availability of the fog can not be ignored due to which visibility conditions get worsened.

Separately, a similar helicopter crashed outside the western Siberian town of Igarka last year claiming 15 lives.