Two Britons, one Russian die in helicopter crash near Murmansk

Three people have died in a helicopter accident in Murmansk region, a source in the region's law enforcement has told Interfax quoting early reports.

"Early reports indicate that the helicopter fell to its side killing two British citizens and one Russian," the source said.

Earlier the Emergency Situations' Ministry reported that a helicopter was missing in Murmansk region.

"The emergency buoy turned on. So far there is no contact with the helicopter. A search has been launched," Interfax was told at the ministry.

Previously a source in law enforcement told Interfax that the emergency alarm turned on aboard a private helicopter making an approved flight 150 kilometers east of Murmansk.

An official from the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) has confirmed the information about victims.

At the agency Interfax was told that the emergency buoy of a Eurocpter-120 helicopter sent an alarm signal at 9:50 a.m. on Sunday in the north of Kola peninsula.

"A Murmansk search and rescue team left for the scene of the alarm signal. Tentative reports indicate that the breakdown helicopter belonged to Alyans-Avia group," the official said.

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