SBU security service probes three possible causes of deadly chopper crash in Brovary

18 January, 04:21 PM
The Super Puma helicopter of the State Emergency Service crashed in Brovary (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

The Super Puma helicopter of the State Emergency Service crashed in Brovary (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)

Ukrainian investigators are probing the possible causes for the deadly helicopter crash in the Kyiv suburb town of Brovery on Jan. 18, with lines of enquiry including violation of flight rules, technical malfunctions, and sabotage of the aircraft.

Ukraine’s SBU security service is leading the probe into the tragedy, which took the lives of 17 people, including Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi.

The State Emergency Service helicopter carrying the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine crashed in a residential area in Brovary on the morning of Jan. 18.

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Children were also among the casualties in the incident, as the helicopter crashed near a kindergarten.

Oleksiy Kuleba, the head of the Kyiv Regional State Administration, confirmed that at the time of the tragedy, children and staff were in the kindergarten.

Deputy Interior Minister Yevhenii Yenin and State Secretary of the Interior Yuriy Lubkovych were also among the officials killed in the crash. The leadership was traveling on an official trip to Kharkiv Oblast in eastern Ukraine.

The updated death toll stands at 17 people (not 18, as previously reported), including four children. Of the casualties, nine were on board the helicopter. A total of 25 casualties are in hospital, 10 of whom are children.

SBU investigators have launched a pre-trial investigation into the crash.

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