6 injured in helicopter emergency landing in Russia

10:43, July 13, 2011      

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At least six people were injured in the rough landing of a Mi-8 helicopter carrying firefighters to forests in Russia's subpolar Komi republic Tuesday, local media reported.

According to the republic's emergency ministry, the injured people have been rushed to hospital and they are not in life- threatening conditions.

The state-run Itar-Tass news agency said a total of nine people were on board the helicopter when it made the emergency landing. Interfax, however, reported there were up to 16 passengers.

For yet unknown reasons, the helicopter toppled on one side while attempting the emergency landing about 180 km from the republic's capital Syktyvkar.

It was the second Mi-8 accident in the past few days. A Mi-8 carrying three crewmembers and 13 passengers made a hard landing in the Irkutsk region on July 5, killing two passengers and injuring some others.

Source: Xinhua
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