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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Helicopter Crashes in Arctic Region

A Russian Mi-8 helicopter crashed Wednesday in the Arctic, killing all six people aboard, an emergency official said.

The helicopter went down in a remote area of Russia's Chukotka Peninsula near Alaska, about 7,500 kilometers northeast of Moscow, said Andrei Rulyov, a spokesman for the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

The craft, a traditional workhorse for communities in Russia's trackless Arctic region, was carrying three passengers and three crew members when it crashed into the tundra, he said.

More than 12,000 Mi-8 helicopters and its subtypes were produced in the Soviet Union and then Russia since 1961, and many are now reaching the limit of their service life. Many crashes are reported each year.