Bone helicopter crash According to police reports, the Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyj died near Kyiv. Overall, there are at least 18 fatalities after the crash near a kindergarten in the city of Brovary, which borders Kyiv, said the head of the Ukrainian national police, Igor Klymenko, on Wednesday.
Three children were among the dead. 29 people were injured, including 15 children, it said. According to the regional governor responsible, Oleksiy Kuleba, there were children and employees in the kindergarten at the time of the crash. The now killed 42-year-old Monastyrskyj was appointed interior minister in 2021. In addition to Monastyrsky, several high-ranking employees of the Interior Ministry died, including his first deputy Yevgeny Yenin.
Helicopter type has already been involved in several accidents
According to official information, 22 people, including ten children, were also taken to hospitals, and rescue workers and police officers were on duty at the scene.
A widespread fire could be seen on videos from the crash site distributed in online networks. No information was initially released about the possible cause of the crash. The plane that crashed belonged to a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force’s government emergency services Kyiv and was therefore the responsibility of the Ministry of the Interior.
The helicopter is an Airbus H225. A commission will investigate the causes. “It won’t just take a day or two, because investigating a flight disaster takes a certain amount of time,” said the spokesman. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) imposed a temporary flight ban on the H225 in 2016 due to safety concerns. The predecessor model AS332 was involved in several flight accidents.
Meanwhile, the first condolences came from Brussels: EU Council President Charles Michel expressed his condolences to the relatives of the victims. Monastyrskyj was a good friend of the EU, the 47-year-old wrote on Twitter.
Brovary is around 20 kilometers from the center of Kiev. In the first days of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022, there had been fierce fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces in the city.