18 Dead In Russian Helicopter Crash

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An MI-8 helicopter during a training flight in Russia

Eighteen people have died in a Russian helicopter crash in north-western Siberia, officials say.

Russia's emergencies ministry said the MI-8 went down at 10:20 local time (03:20 GMT), about 180 km (112 miles) from the town of Igarka, in Krasnoyarsk Territory.

All those on board – three crew members and 15 passengers – were killed, according to CNN and the BBC.

The helicopter crashed immediately after takeoff after colliding in midair with another helicopter's suspended cargo, state-run TASS news agency reported.

The helicopter was reportedly taking workers to an oil station. An investigation is under way. Two flight recorders have been found at the scene, TASS reported.

Initial assessments have suggested that the aircraft's blades struck cargo being carried by another helicopter just after take-off.

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