Death of Ukraine's ex-Minister in helicopter crash: Police open criminal case

Source : 112 Ukraine

All circumstances, including the reason for the helicopter’s crash, are to be established
15:36, 22 October 2019

State Emergency Service of Ukraine

Police of Poltava region opened the criminal proceeding due to the death of ex-Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Taras Kutovyi in the result of the air crash as Ukrainian News reported citing Deputy Head of police press service Roman Hryshyn.

The case was opened due to the violation of the safety rules of traffic or exploitation of railway, water or air transport resulting in the death of people.

The sanction of the article provides 7-12 years in jail.

All circumstances, including the reason for the helicopter’s crash, are to be established.

Related: An-12 crash: Victims' names become known

On October 21, in the area of Tarasenkove village, Orzhitsky district, Poltava region, the helicopter "Robinson - 44" had crashed, resulting in the death of one person.

Later it was revealed that died in the helicopter crash in Poltava region was ex-Minister of Agrarian policy Taras Kutovyi; he was the pilot.

Earlier the damaged plane made an emergency landing not far from Lviv. Antonov An-12 landed near the cemetery in Sokilnyky. The transport plane An-12 disappeared from the radar during the line up for landing not far from International Airport Lviv.

Related: An-12 crash: Two victims transferred to trauma department

Later, Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Krykliy reported that five people perished in the plane crash in Lviv region, western Ukraine.

Deputy Infrastructure Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Laverenyuk stated that the crash could take place due to the mistake of the pilot or run out of fuel.

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