Thursday, July 19, 2018

Outbound flights from Gelendzhik canceled after Mi-8 crash

All outbound flights from the Black Sea coastal city of Gelendzhik were cancelled last week after an Mi-8 helicopter crash landed on the Gelendzhik Airport runway.

The Mi-8 helicopter, operated by Russian aviation company PANH, was dispatched for a demonstration flight on Thursday afternoon at the opening of the International Gidroaviasalon. The helicopter collapsed upon landing, killing two people and leaving another seriously injured, RIA Novosti reports.

Following the deadly crash, airport management company Basel Aero cancelled all outbound flights scheduled on Thursday between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7:40 p.m., suspending the airport's routine services to Yekaterinburg, Moscow and Saint Petersburg operated by Ural Airlines, Aeroflot and Russia Air, respectively.

Passengers scheduled to depart during the airport's closure were taken nearby Anapa Airport and receive alternate itineraries. Meanwhile, flights scheduled to arrive during the period were redirected to Krasnodar and Anapa airports, according to RIA Novosti.

Inspectors from law enforcement agencies and aviation security agencies are currently working with the staff of Gelendzhik airport to conduct an investigation into Thursday's crash.