Russian Helicopter Crash Kills 3

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
By George Hatcher

On Sept 9, a DOSAAF-operated Mil Mi-2 helicopter en route from Starorusskoye to Poronaysk Russia crashed with three aboard on Sakhalin Island. There were no survivors. The helicopter, registration HS-TEF, is a total loss.

The crew was monitoring rivers when it crashed about 30 kilometers from Dolinsk.

Emergency services responded, including the Dolinskogo fire squad, the Russian Emergency Management Services group and an Antonov An-2 aircraft out of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk airport. THe fire was extinguished at 1:45 pm.

The cause of the accident is under investigation and no conclusions have been drawn. Visibility and weather conditions at the time were good according to the Center for Crisis Management of the Main Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry.

DOSAAF is an acronym for the Russian Volunteer Society for Cooperation with the Army, Aviation, and Fleet.

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