Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 11:46 p.m
The cause of the helicopter crash in which the leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine lost their lives, in Brovary – on the outskirts of Kyiv, was an error by the pilot, according to the preliminary data of the investigation, writes the Ukrainian press citing sources from the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
According to Strana.ua, the helicopter pilot was flying too low in conditions of limited visibility – there was dense fog that day – and noticed the tall building too late.
After seeing the building, the pilot made a sharp turn and the aircraft crashed into a nearby kindergarten.
According to one of Strana’s interlocutors from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the pilot chose this route because of fears of missile attacks from Belarus.
The investigation also revealed that the warning lights on the building were turned off due to power outages.
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A helicopter of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, carrying high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, crashed into a kindergarten in Brovari, Kyiv region, on 18 January. Among the victims of the accident are Interior Minister Denis Monastirski, his first deputy Evgheni Ienin and the minister’s state secretary, Iuri Lubkovici. According to the Emergency Service, 14 people, including children, died and 25 others were injured. The official cause of the accident has not yet been made public.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife Olena on Saturday attended the funeral service in memory of former Interior Minister Denis Monastirsky, who died in a helicopter crash in a suburb of Kyiv on Wednesday.
At the ceremony, nine coffins were placed, for all those in the helicopter that crashed on Wednesday.
“An indescribable sadness engulfs our soul. Ukraine is losing its best sons and daughters every day,” Zelensky wrote in a post on Telegram on Saturday.
A funeral service in memory of the victims also took place in Brovarî, simultaneously with the one in Kyiv.
President Zelensky tasked the Ukrainian secret service SBU to investigate the cause of the accident.