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13:32 | Jul 03 | 2013

Emergency measures to rescue victims of Mi-8 crash

The President of Yakutia Egor Borisov held an operational meeting related to the helicopter crash happened on July 2 in Ust-Yansky region of the republic.

According to the Deputy Minister of Transport Alexander Tarasov, on July 2, 2013 Mi-8 helicopter of the airline “Polar Airlines” took off at the request of the administration of Ust-Yansky region to carry out a subsidized flight on the route Deputatsky - Ust-Yansk –Kozachie - Deputatsky.

In accordance with a load list, there were 14 adults and 11 children on board of the helicopter, including 3 children up to 2 years old. The helicopter was loaded with 7 kg of cargo, 232 kg of post-bags, and 187 kg of luggage.

According to preliminary data, the helicopter, 15 minutes after take-off, was hit by a powerful condescending air stream, bumped against a mountain side with its tail rotor, overturned and hit the ground. It happened 60 km far from Deputatsky village.

Authorities have immediately directed Mi-8 helicopters from Batagay and Tiksi to rescue victims. Deputatsky has also sent there two off-road vehicles with rescuers.

Search and rescue operation is seriously complicated with inaccessible mountainous country and difficult weather conditions. At present, there is a powerful cyclone in the area of ​​the helicopter crash; low clouds and poor visibility don’t allow exploiting aviation to the full extent.

After the meeting, a special government commission headed by Vice Prime Minister of the Yakutia Government Anatoly Skrybykin flew off to Deputatsky, as the media management of the Administration of the President and the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) informed.