Russian copter crashes into sea; 1 killed
A Russian helicopter crashed into the Sea of Okhotsk during joint rescue exercises with Japan on Thursday.india Updated: May 11, 2006 12:10 IST
A Russian helicopter crashed into the Sea of Okhotsk during joint rescue exercises with Japan on Thursday, killing one of the 13 people aboard, emergency officials said.
The Mi-14 helicopter went down off the Russian island of Sakhalin, north of Japan's Hokkaido, when one of its rotor blades hit the water during exercises simulating an emergency response to an oil spill and aid to stricken ships, Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Viktor Beltsov said.
All 13 people aboard were rescued from the aircraft, but three were injured and one of them, a pilot, died on the way to a hospital on shore, Beltsov said.
He said five crew members and eight rescuers from Russia's civil aviation agency had been aboard the helicopter when it went down.
Some of those rescued were taken aboard a Japanese vessel participating in the exercises, and Japanese divers were involved in the rescue operation, Russian new agencies reported.
According to RIA-Novosti, Japanese divers pulled at least one person from the stricken ship.
The exercises involve seven ships and four helicopters from the Russian side and three ships and one helicopter from the Japanese side.