Mi-8 was operated by UTair, which said it crashed shortly after takeoff about 2,600km north-east of Moscow

A Russian airline says one of its helicopters has crashed shortly after takeoff in Siberia, killing all 18 people on board.

UTair, which operated the Mi-8 helicopter, said in a statement that preliminary information indicated the aircraft’s blades had collided with another helicopter that had taken off earlier on Friday from Vankor, above the Arctic Circle about 2,600km (1,600 miles) north-east of Moscow.

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