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Russia suspends Mil Mi-8 flights after fatal crash

May 30, 2013 by Dominic Perry  - FG


London - Russia's defence ministry on 28 May suspended operations using Mil Mi-8 helicopters, following a fatal training accident involving the type.


A statement from the ministry says that a Russian air force Mi-8, on a routine training flight, crashed at around 12:00 local time near the village of Ivanovo in the Saratov region.


Two crew members - the pilot and a student pilot - escaped from the wreckage, but the flight engineer was killed, it says.


Chief of the Air Force, Lt Gen Viktor Bondarev, suspended operations using the Mi-8 until the service "ascertains the causes of the disaster".


Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets database records the Russian air force as operating 335 active Mi-8s, with the country's navy flying a further 15 examples.

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