MOSCOW, March 10 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian Mil Mi-8 helicopter crashed in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the fate of the crew is unknown, a source in Russia’s law-enforcement agencies said on Sunday.
The helicopter, which belonged to Russian airline UTair, worked in the central African country under a UN contract.
“According to preliminary information, a Russian Mi-8 helicopter crashed in the mountainous terrain at an altitude of 2,700 meters, some 20 km [12 miles] south-west of the town of Bukavu,” the source said.
There were four crew members, all of them Russian nationals, aboard the helicopter.
UTair has earlier reported a Mi-8AMT helicopter was performing a Shabunda-Bukavu flight on Saturday in complex weather conditions. Communication with the helicopter interrupted some 10 miles from the Bukavu airport.
The helicopter was detected in hard-to-access terrain on Sunday at an altitude of 2,700 meters.
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