Helicopter crash in Russia: 19 dead in chopper crash landing in Russia

12:49 Oct. 22, 2016

19 dead in chopper crash landing in Russia

A photo of the helicopter (photo by: mchs.gov.ru)

3 people were hospitalized 

At least 19 people died after Mi-8 helicopter pilots were forced to conduct an emergency landing in Russia's Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district in the Arctic on October 21, according to authorities.

Russian media agencies say 22 people were on board at the time of the crash, three of them were rushed to a hospital.

Read also: Two Russian pilots die in chopper crash in Syria

Rescuers took hours to arrive at the site in the remote area.

So far the investigation doesn't provide the reason behind the catastrophe. One of the version says the blades of the helicopter could be frozen due to the low temperature.

Russia says it will investigate the crew's actions as the chopper itself was reported undamaged prior to the flight. 

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