A Russian military Mi-8 helicopter crashed at Ugolniye Kopi airport in Chukotka autonomous region in Russia’s Far East killing four service members.
“Four people died. Preliminary version of the crash is technical malfunction,” TASS reported citing a source.
The Russian Aerospace Forces Main Command commission has reportedly departed to the crash site.
This is the second crash of a Russian Mi-8 helicopter in the past week. On May 19, a Mi-8 helicopter belonging to the Russian Air Force crashed near the town of Klin, 50 miles outside Moscow, during training exercises killing all abroad.
Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name: Hip) is a medium twin-turbine helicopter, originally designed by the Soviet Union, and now produced by Russia. In addition to its most common role as a transport helicopter, the Mi-8 is also used as an airborne command post, armed gunship, and reconnaissance platform.
Along with the related Mil Mi-17, the Mi-8 is among the world’s most-produced helicopters, used by over 50 countries.