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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Helicopter Crashes

n MOSCOW -- Five people were missing and believed dead after a Russian rescue helicopter searching for a fishing vessel crashed into the Black Sea during a storm, officials said Friday.

The Mi-8 helicopter with a crew of three and nine rescue workers aboard was trying to rescue four fishermen near the port of Sochi.

The aircraft crashed shortly after the crew spotted the boat about three kilometers from the shore and reported its whereabouts, said Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Viktor Beltsov.

A rescue vessel later recovered seven people from the helicopter and also picked up the four fishermen.