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    Mi-28 Helicopter Crashes at Air Show, One Pilot Escapes (VIDEO)

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    A video reveals a Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopter crash at a competition in central Russia. The commander of the crew was killed in the crash as the second pilot narrowly escaped from the burning fuselage.

    One pilot was killed and another escaped with a concussion and a spinal injury after the Mi-28 helicopter they were piloting crashed at a Russian military air show.

    Dramatic footage showed the helicopter crash after what turned out to be a hydraulic system failure, with one pilot narrowly escaping before the craft became consumed by fire.

    "The crew fought for the helicopter's life to the end. When it hit the ground, the crew commander was unfortunately killed, the second pilot is alive. According to the second pilot, the catastrophy happened because of an aviation equipment failure," Russian Air Force commander Viktor Bondarev said.

    The helicopter was part of the Berkuty (Golden Eagles) aerobatics team. Following the crash, all Mi-28 flights were suspended.

    The crash took place at the Aviadarts competition, which is part of the International Army Games currently underway in Russia. The competition was halted after the crash.

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    Russian Aerospace Forces, helicopter crash, Mi-28N Night Hunter, Viktor Bondarev, Russia, Ryazan region
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