Four killed in Russian chopper crash

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 23:54

Moscow: At least four people have been confirmed dead after a helicopter crashed near an airfield in Russia`s Far East Yakutia region, UTair airlines said Wednesday.

The Eurocopter AS350 helicopter belonged to UTair airlines.

"The AS350 that went down took off from Lensk (town) with two passengers, a pilot and a mechanic on board. After four minutes, contact was lost with the aircraft. A rescue operation is underway. All on board are dead," the company`s press service told RIA Novosti.

"The helicopter took off from Lensk at 12.07 p.m. (local time)...," Russia`s civil aviation authority Rosaviatsia said.

The local emergencies ministry said it had located the wreckage of the single-engine from the air at 4.40 p.m. Moscow time, four kilometres from Lensk Airport.


First Published: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 23:54

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