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INTERIOR MINISTRY'S HELICOPTER CRASHES IN CHECHNYA

RIA Novosti

GROZNY, March 22 (RIA Novosti) - According to preliminary information, six people were killed and two gravely injured in the crash of a Mi-8 helicopter, a sources in the headquarters of the United Group of Forces in the North Caucasus told RIA Novosti.

"The helicopter fell down 20 kilometers to the south-east of Khankala. The crash was caused by an engine failure," RIA Novosti's interlocutor said adding that the Mi-8 belonged to the Interior Ministry.

The Chechen Interior Ministry reaffirmed that six people had been killed in the crash.

There were 12 people on board the helicopter, nine passengers and three crewmembers.

A Mi-8 and two Mi-24 helicopters of the Russian Defense Ministry have headed for the site of the crash, the source reported.



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