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Crew captain dead as MI-26 helicopter crash lands at Nenets autonomous region

By The Siberian Times reporter
29 November 2018

Fifty ton heavy machine with six on board was landing in stormy wind.

‘Two crew members are in heavy condition with head and spine injuries’, said Yakov Menshikov, deputy direct of Naryan-Mar squadron which delivered the men to hospital. Picture: Vesti Arkhangelsk 

UTair MI-26 was en route back to base after delivering cargo for one of oil companies. 

It attempted landing in squally wind and rapidly deteriorating visibility at Pizhma-1 helipad, 12km away from Kharyaga oil mine.

‘The helicopter crash landed on its left side some 700 metes away from the helipad’, Utair spokesman said. ‘There was no cargo and passengers. One of six crew members died, others left the helicopter and are currently under medical observation.’

Five crew members were driven to Kharyaga oil workers village and then flown to Nenetskaya regional hospital. 

‘Two crew members are in heavy condition with head and spine injuries’, said Yakov Menshikov, deputy direct of Naryan-Mar squadron which delivered the men to hospital. 

The emergency landing wasn’t planned, he said. 

No more information is available yet on condition of other workers.

Comments (1)

The Nenets incident has not yet been entered in Wikipedia's article for the phenomenal MI-26. All aircraft crash; all helicopters have their limits & liabilities. There has been a long-term trend at Wikipedia, for aircraft articles to become repositories of 'crash-lists' ... which in this case are filed under "Operational History", mixing the tragic, the heroic, the technical-exploits, political parading & etc ... as though it doesn't make a noteworthy difference (it does).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil_Mi-26

Although the USA has older major aviation assets (the "oldest"; see below), Russia's MI-26 is a valid player in the emergent Techno-game which sees certain Series-models acquire near (or actual) immortality.

Any techno-thing that is the "-est", in this case the "heaviest", is by definition pushing the limits. This is always to be borne in mind by both Operators and Managers.
Ted Clayton, Forks, Washington, USA
30/11/2018 22:54
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