Accident Mil Mi-8MTV-1 RF-32755,
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Date:Sunday 4 February 2024
Type:Silhouette image of generic MI8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Mil Mi-8MTV-1
Owner/operator:Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russia
Registration: RF-32755
MSN: 96554
Year of manufacture:2004
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Lake Onega, Republic of Karelia -   Russia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Petrozavodsk Airport (PES/ULPB)
Destination airport:Vytegra Airport (ULWR)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
On 4 February 2024, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations reported that contact was lost with a Mil Mi-8 search and rescue helicopter during a training flight from St. Petersburg to Vytegra via Petrozavodsk over Lake Onega. There were three crew members on board, including the experienced pilot Vladimir Evseev. A search operation was started on the frozen lake using an An-26 aircraft, a hovercraft and a number of other vehicles.

Russian Telegram Channel Mash reported that the aircraft left Petrozavodsk Airport at 17:07, then later reported in on radio at 17:17. When the aircraft did not arrive at Vytegra Airport at 17:47, a search was launched.

Wreckage of the tail boom of the helicopter, as well as a large hole in the frozen lake were discovered at a location roughly 11km from the town of Derevyannoe. An operational headquarters and an air incident investigation commission have been set up. More than 140 specialists and 33 units of equipment were involved in the work.

Images of the crash site show sections of the tail boom on the surface of the frozen lake, and a large hole in the ice where the fuselage of the helicopter crashed through. Rescuers conducted recovery operations at a depth of 42m using a Seaeye Falcon underwater robot. Images of the destroyed helicopter and the crash site were published by Russian newspaper Izvestia.

On 10 Feb 2024, the Press office of the Investigative Committee of Russia announced that the bodies of the three crew and significant portions of the destroyed helicopter had been recovered for further examination.




Revision history:

04-Feb-2024 20:53 vasilf Added
05-Feb-2024 07:13 gerard57 Updated [Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]
05-Feb-2024 07:18 vasilf Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
05-Feb-2024 07:51 ASN Updated [Registration, Total fatalities, Source]
05-Feb-2024 07:51 ASN Updated [Category]
05-Feb-2024 07:53 ASN Updated [Cn]
05-Feb-2024 17:32 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
07-Feb-2024 13:05 Anon. Updated [Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
11-Feb-2024 14:23 Anon. Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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