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Russian military helicopter crashes, killing 3 crew members

Russian military helicopter crashes, killing 3 crew members
A Russian military Mi-8 helicopter, similar to the one pictured, crashed Tuesday near Moscow. File Photo courtesy of EPA

May 19 (UPI) -- A Russian military helicopter crashed Tuesday near Moscow, killing the entire crew, the Ministry of Defense said.

"On May 19, at about 20:00, while performing a training flight [12 miles] from the village of Klin, a Russian Air Force Mi-8 helicopter made a hard landing in a deserted area. As a result of the hard landing, the crew died of their injuries," the Defense Ministry said.

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"According to preliminary data, the crash might have been caused by a technical failure."

A source in Russia's emergencies services told state-run Tass news agency that three people died.

"The helicopter has been practically destroyed. The crew of three has died," the source said.

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