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July 02, 2013

Russian Helicopter Crash Kills 19

by VOA News

Russian aviation officials say a helicopter carrying 28 people has crashed in eastern Siberia, killing 19 people.

Officials say the MI-8 aircraft crashed Tuesday in Siberia's Yakutia region.

The emergencies ministry said the helicopter carried three crew members and 25 passengers, including 11 children.

Russia has a poor aviation safety record, mostly blamed on poor safety standards and an aging fleet.

 
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.