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Four Russians killed in UN helicopter crash in Congo

Mi-8Reuters

Four Russians were killed when a U.N.-contracted cargo helicopter crashed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday.

The helicopter crashed on Saturday on a thickly wooded mountainside around 20 km (12 miles) west of Bukavu airport.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said it was an Mi-8 helicopter owned by UTair and blamed the crash on adverse weather conditions.

A U.N. rescue team was only able to reach the crash site on Tuesday.

In a statement Ban, offered “his sincerest condolences and sympathy to the families and friends of the victims, and to the Government of the Russian Federation” and said the U.N. mission in Congo was investigating the cause of the crash.

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