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Helicopter Crash in Siberia Kills 15

A helicopter conducting a forest survey crashed in northern Siberia on Thursday after apparent engine trouble, killing all aboard, authorities said. Officials differed over whether there were 15 or 16 dead. A spokesman for the Emergency Situations Ministry, Sergei Vlasov, said the craft was carrying 12 passengers and a crew of three. Another official, Alexander Neradko of Russia’s transportation oversight agency, said there might have been 16 aboard, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. The Mi-8 helicopter went down in the Tyumen region, about 1,000 miles northeast of Moscow, and burst into flames, Vlasov said. Prosecutors said the pilot had radioed a request for an emergency landing, citing engine trouble, ITAR-Tass reported. Full Story

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