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Chernobyl helicopter crash. The Chernobyl disaster of 26 April 1986 occurred when one of the nuclear reactors at the Chernobyl power station in the Ukraine (then part of the USSR) went into meltdown, causing an explosion. Helicopters were used to cover the reactor with sand, lead and boric acid. Later, a large sarcophagus structure was built to contain the reactor. This crash of an Mi-8 helicopter occurred on 2 October 1986 when the rotors clipped a crane cable. The pilot and three crew members were killed in the crash. This footage was obtained by film-maker Vladimir Shevchenko, who later died from the effects of radiation exposure.
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