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Helicopter with 14 on board crashes in Russia

Some 14 people were missing on Monday after their helicopter crashed in the Russian Far East, officials said, the latest aviation tragedy to hit the country.

MOSCOW: Some 14 people were missing on Monday after their helicopter crashed in the Russian Far East, officials said, the latest aviation tragedy to hit the country.

The Mi-8 helicopter carrying firefighters crashed near the village of Chekunda in the Khabarovsk region.

A spokeswoman for regional prosecutors, Oxana Polshanova, said the fate of the passengers remained unknown.

Aviation crashes are frequent in Russia and are often blamed on ageing aircraft and poor maintenance.

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