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11 Soldiers Killed in Helicopter Incidents

July 21, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A Russian military helicopter crashed in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains in southeastern Chechnya, killing nine soldiers and injuring five others, the Defense Ministry said.

The MI-8 helicopter crashed near the village of Engenoy. The two pilots were among the survivors.

In a separate incident, a Russian warrant officer was reported killed and another serviceman injured when their helicopter was hit by ground fire in Chechnya. The chopper was flying low near the village of Nozhai-Yurt, a Chechen official said.

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