Five killed in Ukraine helicopter crashes

August 3rd, 2008 - 11:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Kiev, Aug 3 (DPA) Five people were killed Sunday in two helicopter crashes in Ukraine, the Interfax news agency reported. The first accident took place after an Mi-2 helicopter hit a farmland in the southern Crimea province.

Two people on board, including the pilot, were killed, according to Ukraine’s Ministry of Emergency Situations (UMES).

The second crash came after a helicopter went down in Ukraine’s mountainous western Ivano-Frankivsk province, killing all three people on board.

The cause of the crashes is not known yet.

Officials from the ministry of transport were investigating the incidents.

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