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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

6 Hurt in Chechnya Chopper Crash

A federal military helicopter crashed in Chechnya on Tuesday, injuring at least six people, officials said. The Mi-8 helicopter that belonged to Interior Ministry troops crashed while preparing to land after suffering a technical malfunction, said Sergei Kozhemyaka, a spokesman for the Emergency Situations Ministry in the Southern Federal District.

At least six of 14 people on board were injured, he said, and four of them were in grave condition.

Interior Troops spokesman Vasily Panchenkov gave a similar account, saying three crew members and three servicemen were injured.

Itar-Tass and Interfax had earlier quoted an unidentified spokesman for federal forces in Chechnya who said that the crash killed six of 12 people on board. They later reversed their reports, quoting other officials who said no one had died.

Officials have said there was no evidence of rebel fire.

The latest previous helicopter crash in Chechnya occurred on March 10, when another Mi-8 went down after hitting a power line, killing 15. A rebel web site claimed it had been downed by militants, but officials have denied that.