Top Kremlin official among 7 killed in Russian chopper crash
A top Kremlin official along with six other passengers were killed in a helicopter crash in the Altai mountains in south Siberia near the border with Mongolia, according to local media reports.world Updated: Jan 11, 2009 20:20 IST
A top Kremlin official along with six other passengers were killed in a helicopter crash in the Altai mountains in south Siberia near the border with Mongolia, according to local media reports.
Seven bodies, including that of President Dmitry Medvedev's envoy in State Duma (lower house) Aleksandr Kosopkin have been found at the crash site of a Russian helicopter in Siberia, which was missing since last Friday. Quoting survivors ITAR-TASS reported that helicopter crashed due to engine failure instantly killing seven people including the Kremlin official.
According to the spokesperson of the Emergencies Ministry, Irina Andrianova, three survivors including co-pilot of the ill-fated helicopter have been hospitalised in serious condition, while the fourth survivor, said to be a photographer, managed to reach the border guards. Among those alive are Anatoly Bannykh, a Representative of the Republic of Altai in Moscow, co-
pilot Makim Kolbin, and two photographers Nikolai Kopranov and Boris Belinsky.
Earlier reports had indicated that eight people on board the helicopter were killed. The Mi-171 (a modification of MI-8) helicopter belonging to GazpromAvia was on a chartered flight with three-member crew and 8 passengers, including President Medvedev's envoy and vice-premier of Altai Republic, when it went missing on Friday in clear weather in Altai mountains.
On the third day of massive aerial and ground search it was spotted in the remote areas and rescue teams were sent on motor sledges.
So far the investigation, which suspects low quality fuel for the crash, has collected the samples of fuel for forensic analysis.