11 injured in Mi-8 helicopter crash will be taken to Khabarovsk

Eleven survivors of a crash of a Mil Mi-8 helicopter in Khabarovsk territory have been flown by the Emergency Situations' Ministry to Khabarovsk, a report on the website of the ministry's territorial department says.

Updated reports said that 11 people injured in the crash of the Mi-8 in Ongachan Bay of the Sea of Okhotsk were evacuated from the crash scene and "will be flown to the city of Khabarovsk", a posting on the website says.

A task group of the territorial department and divers of the ministry's Far Eastern search and rescue unit remain in the crash zone to continue the search effort. Five people are still missing.

Engine failure is tentatively regarded as the key explanation for the crash of a Mi-8 helicopter, a source in the regional transportation oversight services told Interfax.

"Early reports quoting the helicopter captain indicate that a technical defect, probably, engine failure caused the helicopter crash," the source said.

However, other possibilities are not being ruled out so far, including a mistake in piloting in bad weather conditions. "There was a dense fog in the crash area; the weather conditions were extremely complex. In theory one can assume that in such a complex situation the crew could have lost control over the aerial vehicle. This will also be checked," the source said.

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