Russian Chopper Crew Lost in Peacekeeping Mission

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
By George Hatcher

UN Russian Mi-8 helicopter crashed at an altitude of 2,700 meters in the Democratic Republic of Congo killing four.

The UTair helicopter was returning to Bukavu when it crashed 35 miles from its destination.

The four crew members were Russian. The crew was en route between Shabunda and Bukavu when it hit bad weather.

The crash occurred in mountainous terrain that is inaccessible, but it has been located. Forty rescuers are en route on foot. The helicopter was part of peacemaking mission MONUSCO.

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