A Mi-8 helicopter burst into flames after crashing to the ground in Russia's Altai Republic in southern Siberia on July 27, causing the death of six passengers and injuring another seven, Russian state propaganda agency TASS claimed.
Reportedly, the crash occurred while the helicopter was attempting to land in the rural settlement of Tyungur. According to TASS, the Mi-8 brushed against a power line, was crushed, and burst into flames.
Originally, Russia’s Emergency Ministry reported that 13 people were on-board, though the Russian aviation service later amended that figure to 16.
Videos of the burning helicopter have been shared on social media, where users have alleged the helicopter to have been privately chartered by a group of tourists.
No reports about any possible military presence aboard the craft have appeared.
On May 13, two Russian military helicopters and two war planes crashed over Russia’s Bryansk Oblast. According to pro-Russian military bloggers, the aircraft were shot down with anti-air weapons. Their crews, nine in total, were killed.
Russian authorities made no official statements on the matter.
The next day, Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat said it could be actually three enemy helicopters which crashed in Bryansk Oblast – supposedly all part of an attack group which was intended to attack Ukraine with guided aviation bombs. He claimed that Russian air defense was involved in the incident.
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