The MI-2 helicopter burned down in the Nizhnevartovsk region of Ugra, reported in the interregional transport department of the Investigative Committee of Russia.
The incident took place 30 km northeast of the city of Pokachi, at about 11 am Moscow time. The helicopter pilot was awaiting the return of the passengers from the inspection of the well. The aircraft engines were turned off. While the helicopter was standing, one of the wheels of the landing gear sagged, because of which it tilted, touched the ground with its blades and caught fire.
According to the investigative committee, there were no casualties as a result of the accident, since the pilot managed to leave the cockpit, and the passengers did not have time to return at that moment.
By data Of the Ural Transport Prosecutor’s Office, a helicopter made an expeditionary flight to inspect an oil well along the route Langepas – the field of the Pokachineftegaz enterprise (owned by Lukoil). The well is located 28 kilometers from the town of Pokachi. The flight was organized by the “Converse-Avia” company.
Later, the pilot and passengers were taken to the city of Pokachi by a reserve plane, according to the UK. The prosecutor’s office reported that the passengers were taken on a reserve plane to Kogalym.