Russian Helicopter Downed in Chechnya, 17 Dead
Disaster & Accident
Military & Weapons
A military helicopter went down in Russiaâ€™s volatile province of Chechnya killing all 17 people on board, the RIA-Novosti news agency reported quoting a source in the military.
Alexander Drobyshevsky, an aide to Russiaâ€™s air force commander, was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying it crashed at 11:34 a.m. (0734 GMT) near the village of Shatoi in southern Chechnya.
A special investigative commission was working at the scene, he said. â€œCommission members will establish whether the helicopter was shot down or if the crash was caused by a technical glitch,â€ he said.
RIA-Novosti reported that the helicopter was downed by separatist rebels and that 14 soldiers and 3 crewmembers who were on board were killed. The agency said that the helicopter carried the servicemen of the â€œSouthâ€ batallion of the Russian Army, manned by pro-Moscow Chechens.
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