MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A team of divers from the Russian Emergencies Ministry lifted out of the water bodies of all five victims in the course of search operations following a helicopter crash in Khabarovsk Territory in Russia’s Far East, the representative of the Far East Rescue Center said Monday.
The Mi-8 transport aircraft with 13 passengers, including the management of the VTB Leasing company, and three crew members on board crashed into the Ongochan Bay of the Sea of Okhotsk on Saturday afternoon. Eleven people survived the helicopter crash, five were considered missing.
"The search for the missing was resumed on Monday morning. While examining the sea bottom, the divers found the bodies of all five victims," the representative told RIA Novosti.
Three crew members and one of the passengers from the crashed helicopter remained on Russian Shantar Islands to assist the investigation. Following the crash, a criminal case regarding the violation of safety rules in the air transport was open. The investigation considers several potential causes of the accident, including a technical failure of the helicopter.