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World Russia: Army helicopter crashes near Moscow, crew killed

14:50  20 may  2020
14:50  20 may  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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The accident could have been caused by a technical defect, according to the Russian Defense Ministry

Un hélicoptère Mi-8 de l'armée russe. © Alexander Vilf / SIPA A Mi- helicopter 8 of the Russian army.

ACCIDENT - The accident could have been caused by a technical defect, according to the Russian Defense Ministry

An Mi-8 helicopter from the army Russian crashed Tuesday in the Moscow region. "The crew died of the injuries received during the emergency landing" of the aircraft, the Defense Ministry said before AFP, refusing to say how many people were on board.

According to the authorities, the crash took place around 8 p.m. 20 km from the town of Kline, during a training flight. "According to preliminary information, the cause of the disaster could be a technical defect," the ministry said, adding that the aircraft was unarmed.

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A military aircraft and for civil transport

A versatile helicopter, the Mi-8 is used both for military objectives and for civil transport. The larger models can carry up to 32 people.

In August 2018, 15 people working at an oil station and 3 crew members were killed in the crash of the same aircraft in northern Siberia, after colliding with another helicopter. Helicopter and small plane crashes are particularly common in this part of the country and in the Russian Far East, where they are a common form of transportation for long distances.

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