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Russian Mi-28 Helicopter Gunship Crashes

RIA Novosti

15:35 16/08/2012

MOSCOW, August 16 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian Army Mil Mi-28N, one of the force's newest machines, crashed on Thursday at its base in Mozdok, North Ossetia.

The two-man crew was not injured according to preliminary information.

"An Mi-28N made a heavy landing while on a training flight," a source in the Southern Military District said. "The crew was not hurt and neither was anyone on the ground. The cause is being investigated."

Two other Mi-28Ns have been lost in accidents in recent years. The crew of an Mi-28 was injured in February 2011 when the aircraft suffered a gearbox failure. Another Mi-28N was lost in June 2009 when it suffered an engine failure after ingesting gases from rockets it was firing at low-level on a range.

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