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Helicopter crash kills woman and injures 12 in Krasnoyarsk region

By The Siberian Times reporter
18 October 2012

A dozen passengers had a miraculous escape when a M1-8 helicopter fell on its side while landing.

The condition of the twelve injuired passengers is still unclear

A female died in the crash, officials confirmed.

'An Mi-8 helicopter belonging to Krasaero had been on a flight from Boguchany village to one of the drilling platforms. During landing, it fell on its side and partially fell apart,an air traffic control course told Interfax. 

Later it emerged that the helicopter hit a snowdrift, causing the tragedy. 

'According to preliminary information, the helicopter ran into a snowdrift and its tail was cut off by the main rotor blades, due to which the helicopter fell on its right side,' said  Natalya Krinitskaya, head of the West Siberian transport prosecutor's office.

The condition of the dozen injured passengers was not immediately clear.

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