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Mi-8 helicopter carrying tourists crashes in Russia’s Kamchatka Territory; 8 Missing

Moscow: A Mi-8 helicopter with three crew members and 13 tourists crashed in Russia’s Kamchatka area. According to reports, eight of those on board have survived the crash, while the remaining eight are still missing.Read also-ISRO launches GSLV-F10 / EOS-03 mission but faces setback due to cryogenic phase performance anomaly | WATCH

The missing “are being looked for”. The cause of the crash could not be immediately determined.

“At 00:50 on August 12, 2021 (2150 GMT on Wednesday), information was received about the crash of a Mi-8 helicopter by the airline Vityaz-Aero in the area of ‚Äč‚ÄčLake Kuril in the Kronotsky Nature Reserve,” it states the Russian Ministry of Emergencies in a statement.

Kamtatka’s governor Vladimir Solodov had left for the scene of the accident, accompanied by doctors and emergency services staff, Sputnik reported.

Regional prosecutors investigated a possible violation of aviation safety rules.

The helicopter, manufactured in Soviet times 37 years ago, was operated by Vityaz-Aero, a local private transport company. Its director said it had recently undergone maintenance and was in good shape.

The Mi-8 is a twin-engine helicopter designed in the 1960s. It has been widely used in Russia, ex-Soviet countries and many other nations.

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