Mi-8 helicopter crashes and burns again during landing in Russia

A Mi-8 helicopter crashed and burned while landing in Russia for the second time in three days. This time, the accident occurred in Magadan Oblast in Russia [Russia’s Far East – ed.].

Source: Kremlin-aligned news outlet RIA Novosti and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, quoting a report by the Far Eastern Transport Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation

Details: On the morning of 19 December, a Mi-8T helicopter burned down while landing in the village of Takhtoyamsk in the Olsky district of Magadan Oblast in Russia.

The prosecutor's office reports that the helicopter crashed into a construction trailer, rolled over on its side, and completely burned down on the landing strip. Three crew members managed to leave the cockpit before the fire started. The helicopter belonged to Polar-Avia LLC [company engaged in performing aviation work and commercial passenger and cargo transportation in Russia’s Far East – ed.].

Criminal proceedings have been opened under Article 263.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (violation of traffic safety and operation of air transport, which caused great damage).

Background: On 16 December, a Mi-8 helicopter crashed and burst into flames while landing at an airport in Buryatia [Far East of Russia – ed.]. Three crew members died following the accident.

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