05:58 GMT16 January 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Investigative Committee said on Tuesday it was launching a criminal probe into violation of rules of flights or preparations for flights after the catastrophe involving the Mi-8 military helicopter.

    "A criminal investigation has been opened for an offense ... 'violation of rules of flights or preparations for them', after the catastrophe with the Mi-8 helicopter," the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement.

    Earlier in the day, the Mi-8 military helicopter made a hard landing in the Chukotka Autonomous Area in Russia's Far East, when it was conducting a training flight. Four people were killed, according to the Russian Defenсe Ministry.

    Experts are currently studying the site of the incident, and expropriating pre-flight documentation and fuel samples, the committee added.

    incident, Mi-8, helicopter, Russia
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