Rescuers discover crash site of Mi-8 helicopter in Karelia — Russian Emergencies Ministry

Rescuers discover crash site of Mi-8 helicopter in Karelia — Russian Emergencies Ministry
# 05 February 2024 08:12 (UTC +04:00)

Rescuers have found the crash site of the Mi-8 helicopter in Lake Onega in Karelia, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations reported, APA reports.

"The debris of the Mi-8 helicopter have been found 11 km from the shore. The depth of the lake at the location of discovery is from 40 to 50 meters," the ministry told TASS.

The ministry noted that rescuers on snowmobiles and hovercraft searched the waters of Lake Onega in the area of the village of Derevyannoye.

"An operational headquarters and a commission to investigate the accident have been created. More than 140 people and 33 pieces of equipment were involved, including divers from the Leader special risk rescue operations center," the ministry noted.

Underwater work will be carried out using the Falcon remote-controlled underwater vehicle with a diving depth of up to 300 meters.

The ministry noted that the crew that piloted the Mi-8 helicopter had thousands of hours of flight time.

"During their work at the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, the crew was repeatedly involved in searching and rescuing people in forests and water areas, extinguishing natural and man-made fires," the ministry stressed.

The crew that piloted the Mi-8 helicopter that crashed in Karelia was experienced and was many times involved in searching and rescuing people.

"The helicopter was piloted by an experienced crew with thousands of hours of flight time. During their work at the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, the crew was repeatedly involved in searching and rescuing people in forests and water areas, extinguishing natural and man-made fires," the emergency ministry told TASS.

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