Helicopter Mi-8 crashed on streets of Khabarovsk 

Helicopter Mi-8 crashed on streets of Khabarovsk
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As a result of the incident, all six people died on board that carried out the training flight. The Investigative Committee instituted criminal proceedings. The Head of the region promised to help the families of the victims.

In Khabarovsk, on Antennaya and Khirurgicheskaya streets, the Mi-8 helicopter of Vostok airline, on board of which there were six people, crashed. This was reported by the press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry for Emergencies of Russia for the Khabarovsk Territory.

Initially, the Far Eastern Investigation Department on Transport of the Russian Federation informed that two people were killed in the helicopter crash. However, later there were found the bodies of all six people who were aboard the helicopter, Minister of Health of the Khabarovsk Territory Alexander Vitko told Interfax. "All bodies are found. After the investigators work, they will be transported to the Bureau of Forensic Medical Examination for further identification," he said.

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The investigators opened a criminal case under part 3 of Art. 263 of the Criminal Code of Russia (Violation of Safety Rules for operation of air transport). The ICR said that the helicopter was conducting a training flight, there was a flight crew on board.

Within the framework of the search operation, which involved 219 people, both black-box recorders of the Mi-8 helicopter were found. "They are transferred to the investigative authorities," TASS quotes the operational headquarters at the site of the accident.

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Governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Vyacheslav Shport ordered to provide financial assistance to the families of those killed in the plane crash.

By the order of the government, a regional emergency regime has been declared within the city of Khabarovsk. Spokeswoman for the Governor Svetlana Litvinova told TASS that a meeting of the commission on emergency situations would be held in the near future.

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