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A Russian army Mi-8 helicopter bumps outside Moscow during a training flight on Tuesday, killing the entire crew, the defence ministry said. “As a result of a crash landing the crew of the helicopter died of their wounds,” the defence ministry said.
Defence ministry spokespeople, reached by AFP, refused to put forward how many crew members had died.
But Russian news agencies, citing emergencies services, said three people died. *The helicopter, which did not carry ammunition, crashed in a secluded area some 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the town of Klin outside Moscow around 8 pm, the ministry said.* It added that a ministry commission had been send off to the scene to look into the causes of the crash.
Citing initial information, the ministry said that a “technical malfunction” was known to have caused the crash.
The Mi-8 is a Soviet-invented twin-turbine helicopter and is usually used to transport civilians or troops.