Russia: 19 dead after helicopter crash-lands in NW Siberia

Nineteen people died and three others were injured after a Mi-8 helicopter crash landed near the village of Urengoy in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, northwestern Siberia, on Friday evening.
Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) says 177 people and 27 pieces of equipment were involved in the search and rescue operation.
Dmitri Alexandrov, who is EMERCOM’s first deputy chief in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, stated that in addition to medical personnel and rescuers “volunteers from the village of Urengoy were also sent to the site of the crash." Speaking from Salekhard on Saturday, he added that the helicopter "had fallen down on its right side and that the wounded had no opportunity to get out." However, the rescuers unblocked access to the aircraft and two more survivors were found, in addition to a third survivor.
Carrying 22 people, the helicopter was on its way from Krasnoyarsk Territory to the village of Urengoy when the incident occurred.
Saturday was announced as a day of mourning across the region following the crash.