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Russian Mi-8 Military Helicopter Crash-Lands in Sakhalin, No Casualties

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A Mi-8 military helicopter made a hard landing Saturday in Russia’s eastern Sakhalin province, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, but the ministry said the landing took place in the dark and the weather conditions were severe.

"At 13:18 Moscow time [10:18GMT], a Mi-8 helicopter made a hard landing at the Sokol airfield while performing a routine flight," the ministry said, adding none of its crew members or passengers were hurt.

A source in the rescue services told RIA Novosti earlier today that the helicopter had caught fire after it crash-landed. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze. There were three crew members and seven passengers on board, the source said.

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