The commander of the crashed Mi-8 made the decision to fly in adverse weather conditions, have informed “Interfax” a source familiar with the ensuing investigation into the disaster, which killed 19 people.

The Agency claims that the flight path of observed severe weather conditions, and in some areas was non-flying weather. The decision about the flight took commander, and now the investigators have to appreciate how one adequately assess complexity.

The source stressed that it is too early to call the commander of the guilty in the crash: “bad weather could be only a contributing factor. Most likely, there were some technical failure, which was aggravated by adverse weather conditions”, – he assumed.

Flight recorders the helicopter was found, their data, as the investigators hope, will help clarify the cause of the crash.

Previously, “Rosaviatsia” pointed to the difficult flight conditions, “characterized by low cloudiness, precipitation of snowfall, gusts of wind”.

Helicopter Mi-8 of airline “Skol” carrying employees of the contractor along the route of the Suzunskoye field at Novy Urengoy, on the evening of 21 October made a hard landing 80 km North-West of the settlement of Urengoy. On Board were 22 people, 19 of them, including three crew members, died. Three victims were hospitalized, their lives are not in danger.

Upon crash a criminal case under part 3 St. 263 criminal code (violation of safety rules of movement and operation of air transport, entailed on imprudence death of two and more persons). The consequence considers three main versions of the crash of the aircraft: violation of operating rules and safety, equipment failure, adverse weather conditions.

The commander of the crashed Mi-8 decided to fly, despite the difficult weather 22.10.2016

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