Russia’s Emergencies Ministry has confirmed the death of two persons in the crash of a private Mi-2 helicopter in Yamal, northwest Siberia. Heliccopter crashed into a lake and only the tail visible above the water
Tail boom (or rotor?) hit wires on take-off, causing crash. Tail some metres from rest of wreckage, but unclear if that was contributory or result of accident. Aircraft had been leased by Lukoil and had just dropped off oil workers. Pilot Nicholas Vandakurov killed.
Mi-2 owned by Congo Interior Ministry (referred to in one report as a “police helicopter”) crashed killing Russian citizen, SP Korostel, and Belarusian citizen, MF Cherenkov.Â Earlier reports of 2 Ukrainians being killed were later dismissed
Two people hijacked the helicopter, forced the pilot to fly to a prison at gunpoint, and then hovered as a rope ladder was dropped town for prisoner Alexei Shestakov to escape.Â Prison guards shot at the helicopter in an attempt to force it to land.Â The aircraft was later found abandoned on the edge of Vologda.Â The hijackers were named here as Tatyana Vazhalina, 35, andÂ Alexander Rusakov, 36
A Mi-2 helicopter crashed in the Stavropol Territory when it supposedly performed farm work. The pilot died, a source at the Emergencies Ministry’s regional centre said. The accident occurred in the village of Yasny at about 23:00 on Friday.
Crashed and burst into flames shortly after take-off at 1900hrs – after emergency landing earlier in the day (see separate incident page here) and subsequent repairs.Â Pilot and passenger killed.