According to eyewitness accounts, the helicopter, carrying two crew members and a tourist, hovered a few seconds over a helicopter pad before plunging down from a height of several meters.

The passenger, a 60-year old man who was on his way to a tourist facility he was a caretaker of, was killed in the crash.

A criminal investigation into the crash has been launched as per Article 263 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (safety violation and mishandling of an aircraft ).