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Technical failure has been identified as the cause of an October
Technical failure has been identified as the cause of an October 26 helicopter crash in Russia's Volga Republic of Tatarstan that killed four people, a respected Russian daily reported on Monday.

Mi-8 helicopter, with five people on its board, crashed about 15 km (9 miles) outside the city of Kazan while performing a test flight.

"Now we can be 100% sure that it [the cause of the crash] was not pilot error, but a technical failure," the Izvestiya newspaper quoted deputy head of the local transport investigation department, Igor Potapov, as saying.

The only survivor, 46-year-old helicopter pilot Rinat Galimov, who had jumped with a parachute out of the cabin before the helicopter's fall at an altitude of about 70 meters, also cites technical failure as possible cause.

"From the first moment I understood that it was a technical failure," Galimov said. "Imagine a car, hurtling along at full speed and you have a loose wheel in your hands. How do you control the vehicle? We also lost control."

The newspaper said another expert examination could follow as the crash still raised numerous questions.

"An Mi-8 has an autopilot, which ensures the aircraft's balance during a flight. Why did it fail? It is not excluded that at the time of the test it was simply turned off," the newspaper wrote.


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