Censor.NET reports citing Sputnik News.
Investigating authorities issued a statement on Saturday morning (22 October) confirming the incident. It said the transport helicopter, operated by Skol airlines, went down with 22 people on board on Friday night local time outside of Novy Urengoy city in Russia's Yamal Peninsula in northwest Siberia.
"During search and rescue operations, the bodies of 19 persons killed in the accident were discovered," the statement of the Emergency Ministry reads.
The emergency team, involving paramedics and two rescue helicopters, managed to save three people from the wreckage. All of the survivors were in a serious condition at the time of evacuation. Around 140 people were thought to have been involved in the search and rescue operation.
The Mi-8 was reportedly flying from the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk to Urengoy in the Yamalo-Nenetsky region. The two black boxes of the helicopter have been found and are in good condition.