A Mil Mi-8 helicopter belonging to the Russian Air Force crashed near the town of Klin, 50 miles outside Moscow, during training exercises killing all abroad.
RIA Novosti reported that there were three crew members on board the helicopter citing a representative of the emergency services.
“On May 19, around 20:00, while performing a training flight 20 kilometers from the village of Klin, a Russian Air Force Mi-8 helicopter made a hard landing in a deserted area. As a result of the hard landing, the crew died of their injuries,” the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.
“According to preliminary information, the cause of the crash could be a technical malfunction,” the statement added. The statement said that there were no munitions on board the helicopter.
Mil Mi-8 (NATO reporting name: Hip) is a medium twin-turbine helicopter, originally designed by the Soviet Union, and now produced by Russia. In addition to its most common role as a transport helicopter, the Mi-8 is also used as an airborne command post, armed gunship, and reconnaissance platform.
Along with the related Mil Mi-17, the Mi-8 is among the world’s most-produced helicopters, used by over 50 countries.