Helicopter crash in Ukraine: What is currently known
One youngster and Ukraine’s internal affairs minister were among the 14 individuals killed in a helicopter accident in a Kyiv suburb; they are the nation’s highest-profile casualties since the war started.
The inquiry into the crash’s cause has begun in Ukraine, but it might take weeks. In the immediate wake of the accident, the BBC has begun piecing together what we know and what we don’t.
Where did the collision occur?
James Waterhouse, a BBC correspondent for Ukraine, has been providing updates from the crash
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According to Ukrainian officials, the glazing of a 14-story residential structure, along with three cars, was damaged by the fire, which also caused damage to the National Emergency Service building.
A witness reported seeing “a terrible fireball” and a helicopter “circling above our home” after hearing “such a bang.”
She claimed that the burning helicopter was travelling in the direction of a nearby smaller structure.
Was the chopper under fire?
The BBC’s examination of photos of the crash scene did not turn up any indication of missile debris, and Ukrainian officials have not mentioned any missile fire.
It was too early to discuss the causes, a Ukraine Air Force official was quoted by the news agency Reuters as saying during a TV broadcast. However, the spokesman continued, “Unfortunately, the sky does not overlook errors.”
What circumstances existed prior to the collision?
Approximately half an hour after sunrise, at 08:20 local time (06:20 GMT), the chopper crashed, according to authorities. Several videos depict overcast and foggy weather.
It’s believed that it was moving eastward toward the front lines. Police chief of the eastern city of Volodymyr Tymoshko