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Mil Mi-8 crahed in Siberia killed 7 people

MOSCOW – A total of seven people were killed during a Mi-8 helicopter crash Thursday in Russia’s southwestern Siberian region of Omsk, news agencies reported.

Another three people suffered injuries during the crash.

“According to preliminary information, the helicopter had seven passengers and three crew members onboard. All the passengers are dead, and the crewmembers are at hospital in Tary, Omsk region,” said Russia’s Investigative Committee as quoted by the Interfax news agency.

The chopper crashed and caught fire when it tried to land at the Krapivinskoye oil field in the Tary district of the Omsk region at around Thursday morning Moscow time.

Earlier reports said the crash occurred in another Siberian region of Tomsk late Wednesday night, and only one of the three people aboard the helicopter was injured.

The chopper belonged to an aircraft repair plant in Novosibirsk.

Investigation into the crash was underway.