Twenty-one killed in helicopter crash in Yakutia

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.

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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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