Russian helicopter spins out of control

Shocking moment Mi-26 helicopter spins out of control shortly after take-off in Russia as eight people on board have miracle escape

  • All eight crew survived the crash just after the helicopter left from Novy Urengoy
  • Possible reasons for the crash are technical failure, weather, or piloting error
  • Six people were injured with the most serious being a broken spine and ribs 

A group of eight people had a miracle escape today when a Mi-26 helicopter crash landed in the far north of Russia.

A preliminary investigation is underway into the crash of the helicopter which was flying in workers from Novy Urengoy to the Rotor 40 site in the Vankor gas field just above the Arctic Circle. 

The video shows how the tail touches the snow-covered ground and breaks off, causing the chopper to turn on its side in a huge cloud of snow.

The shocking moment an Mi-26 helicopter spins out of control just after taking off from Novy Urengoy in the far north of Russia

Parts of the crashed Mi-26’s main rotor blade are thrown high in the air.

All eight crew and passengers escaped from the wreckage at the Arctic gas field site in Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region.  

The most seriously hurt was a 56-year-old man who suffered a broken spine and ribs.

He was believed to be a member of the crew of the Mi-26 operated by Abakan Avia.

Five others sustained lesser injuries.

‘According to preliminary data, six people have been injured,’ said the press service of the Russian Investigative Committee. 

The helicopter’s tail touched the ground and broke off leaving the helicopter completely split 

All eight crew members survived the crash with six injuries the most serious of which being a broken spine and ribs 

The Mi-26 came down some 70 ft short of its landing spot after the tap hit the ground.

Technical failure, poor weather conditions and piloting error were cited as possible causes of the crash.


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