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Two believed killed in helicopter crash near Moscow - ministry-1

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MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti) - A private helicopter crashed near Moscow Tuesday, and according to preliminary reports two people on board died, the emergencies ministry said.

"The helicopter crashed near the village of Tatarinovo 65 km [40 miles] south of Moscow," spokesman Viktor Beltsov said. "Two people on board are believed to have died."

Beltsov said the ministry had received a report on the crash at about 7 p.m. Moscow time (3 p.m. GMT). The causes of the accident are being investigated, he said.

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