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Chechnya crash: Russian helicopter crashes, killing five

Sheetal Sukhija - Thursday 8th March, 2018

MOSCOW, Russia - A Russian Mi-8 helicopter crashed on Wednesday, in Russia's province of Chechnya, authorities confirmed.

According to officials quoted in Russian news agencies, at least five people were killed in the helicopter crash which took place in the North Caucasus mountains.

Local authorities further added that the Mi-8 helicopter belonging to the border guards went down in the Itum-Kale region of southern Chechnya, near the border with Georgia.

Further, officials revealed that the helicopter crashed in thick fog after its rotor clipped a mountainside while preparing to land. 

Officials revealed late on Wednesday that rescuers had found one survivor and recovered three bodies. 

Several other people were on board the helicopter and some still remain missing.

Interfax news agency quoted the Chechen leader Ramzan Kaydrov as confirming the crash.

Kaydrov said the weather conditions in the area had been "difficult.”

Local reports later indicated that between five and eight people had been killed.

Kadyrov also said, "The accident happened in a narrow gorge where mountain ridges are within a short distance one from another.”

The Chechen leader also said that measures would be taken to rescue survivors if any.

Even though violence in Chechnya had died down in recent years, the province had been the scene of an Islamist insurgency against the Russian state.

Previously, in 2016, a Mi-8 helicopter crashed in Siberia, leaving at least 19 people dead.

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