Twenty-one people have been killed in a Mi-8 helicopter crash in Yakutia, a local law enforcement source told Interfax.
"According to updated reports coming from the crew, twenty-one people have been killed. Rescuers are approaching the helicopter crash scene on foot. They will reach the site by 6:00 p.m., and then the accurate number of those killed will be clear," the source added.
No official information has still been reported regarding the number of those killed and injured in the crash.
The Emergency Situations Ministry crisis center for Yakutia received reports that a Mi-8 helicopter crash-landed 45 kilometers northwest of the airport of the community of Deputatsky in Yakutia at 12:20 p.m. local time Tuesday.
The Yakutsk air traffic control service received a satellite communication report on the incident from the helicopter captain.
The helicopter crashed while en route from Deputatsky to Kazachye.
It was carrying 28 people, including 3 crewmembers and 25 passengers, among them 11 children.
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