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Families of MI-8 crash victims to get 3 million tenge each

19 december 2012, 14:17
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Wreckage of MI-8 helicopter. Photo courtesy of Kazakhstan Emergency Situations Department©
Wreckage of MI-8 helicopter. Photo courtesy of Kazakhstan Emergency Situations Department©
Families of the crew members of MI-8 helicopter who died in its crash in Almaty oblast will receive 3 million tenge ($20 thousand) each, Tengrinews.kz reports citing chairman of Euro-Asia Air Askar Dzhanzharkenov.

Besides, the company that owned the helicopter will bear all the funerals-related costs.

The MI-8 helicopter with the board number 823 owned by Kazakhstan's Euro-Asia Air went missing on November 24 while making a routine flyover of Atassu-Alashankow oil pipeline.

The following crew members were onboard: captain Raul Khabibullin, pilot Nurlan Yessenaliyev, flight mechanic Vladimir Kim, engineers Konstantin Maksayev and Viktor Radomskiy, as well as accompanying persons T. Shokparov, A. Sarsembayev, K. Sabirov.

The wreckage of the missing helicopter was discovered 90-95 km from Usharal in Almaty oblast towards Dostyk station, 5-7km east of Dostyk-Usharal road, 15-20 km from Alakol lake on November 29. All the crew members were killed in the accident.

According to head of the aviation investigations department of Kazakhstan Ministry of Transport and Communications Nurlan Akulov, decoding of the blackbox will take around 2 weeks and the accident investigation will last for a month.


By Roza Yessenkulova

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