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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Pilots Trapped

MOSCOW -- Sixteen Russian pilots are trapped in the Liberian capital of Monrovia and have taken refuge in the U.S. Embassy, Sergei Borshchov, deputy commander of the 2nd Arkhangelsk Aviation Detachment told Interfax on Thursday in St. Petersburg.

The pilots were working on a contract with a U.S. company in Liberia, now a hot spot of armed ethnic conflict, the news agency said. Borshchov is the first member to return to Arkhangelsk.

He said the detachment's Mi-8 helicopters were "heavily damaged" during the fighting, which began April 5.