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VERSION OF CRASH OF MI-8 HELICOPTER IN CHECHNYA IS VIOLATION OF FLIGHT RULES

RIA Novosti

GROZNY, March 11 (RIA Novosti) - A criminal case was launched on the fact of the crash of a Mi-8 helicopter in Chechnya under Article 351 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation "violation of the rules of flights and preparation for them," RIA Novosti was told in the military Prosecutor's Office of the Joint Group of Forces.

"After the advent of the light time of the day the investigators resumed inspecting the scene of the incident. The witnesses of the crash are being questioned, and criminalistic and technical expert examinations have been fixed," the agency's interlocutor said.

As the representative of the military Prosecutor's Office specified, according to the latest data, 15 people perished and one person was wounded as a result of the air crash.

The agency's interlocutor went on to say that the helicopter had been carrying 16 people, among them three crewmen.

According to him, already the first results of the inspection attained testify to the fact that the helicopter had caught on a high-voltage line and had fallen.

The fact that electricity supply discontinued in the Urus-Martan district where the helicopter fell speaks in favor of the above-said version.

"Despite this, the investigation will work on all the possible versions of the incident," the military Prosecutor's Office officials noted.

The Mi-8 military helicopter crashed on Thursday night.



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