Russia’s aviation agency said that 19 people have died after a helicopter carrying oil workers crashed. The Federal Air Transport Agency said in a statement that 16 of the 19 passengers on board and all three crew members died in Friday’s crash in northern Russia.
The Mi-8 helicopter was traveling from Vankor to Staryi Urengoi in the Yamalo-Nenets region when it crashed about 45 kilometers (28 miles) northeast of Staryi Urengoi.
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Rescuers found the helicopter lying on its side in the tundra. The agency said poor visibility and strong winds could have been factors.
The Mi-8 has been a mainstay of Soviet and Russian aviation since the late 1960s and is widely used worldwide.