Cross-country vehicles reach helicopter crash site to evacuate victims

Two cross-country vehicles have arrived at the scene of the helicopter crash in the Nenets Autonomous District to evacuate the victims to Naryan-Mar, the regional emergency situations department said in a statement.

"The two cross-country vehicles that have arrived at the scene of the helicopter crash will deliver the victims to the helicopter deck of the Trebs and Titov oil field to be further airlifted to Naryan-Mar," the statement says.

A Mil Mi-8 helicopter crash landed in the Nenets Autonomous District on Sunday, killing two people, according to preliminary reports.

The regional police department told Interfax that a flight attended and a passenger were killed in the air disaster. "Updated reports indicate that there were seven people aboard the helicopter - three crewmembers and four passengers. A flight attendant and one passenger were killed," a regional police spokesman told Interfax.

The helicopter belongs to the Arkhangelsk united air group. A police inquiry has been started.

Among the victims was an employee of the Belmortrans company, contractor of the Bashneft-Polyus joint venture with Lukoil (MOEX: LKOH), which operates the Trebs oilfield, a spokesman for the oil company Bashneft (MOEX: BANE) told Interfax.

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