Russia helicopter crash injures two [VIDEO]

A Russian military helicopter crashed outside Moscow, injuring both pilots.
Posted By Gabrielle Levy   |   Oct. 29, 2013 at 5:47 PM

(UPI) -- Two pilots were injured when a military helicopter crashed at the edge of Moscow Tuesday afternoon during a test flight.

The Kamov KA-52 went down when the ejection seats malfunctioned, sending the chopper crashing into a concrete barrier. The pilots were described as "in shock, but conscious."

"Doctors have assessed their condition as serious, but they believe there is a chance they will be saved," said a spokeswoman for city health services.

Investigators said they had collected technical documents and the in-flight recorder to determine what caused the crash, the second of a Kamov KA-52 in two years.

In March 2012, two pilots were killed when their helicopter crashed during a training exercise.

The Kamov KA-50 and KA-52s have ejection seats that operate after explosives blow off the chopper's rotor blades, allowing the crew to be safely ejected.

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