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    URGENT: Mi-8 helicopter flights will not be suspended

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    MOSCOW, August 18 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Air Force will continue flying Mi-8 helicopters despite the crash near Khabarovsk (Far East), the commander of the Air Force said Thursday.

    Vladimir Mikhailov said, "Mi-8 flights have not been suspended, but the aircraft are being thoroughly examined before flights."

    The Mi-8 helicopters that have undergone inspection have already resumed flights, he said.

    An Mi-8 military helicopter crashed Thursday due to a technical fault but the crew survived.

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