06:13 GMT05 August 2020
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    ROSTOV-ON-DON (Sputnik) - One person has been confirmed dead after a private Mi-2 helicopter that was being used for working on rice paddies near the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don made a rough landing, the regional branch of the Ministry of Emergency Situations said on Monday.

    "In the settlement of Kirsalovo, a private Mi-2 helicopter conducted a heavy landing while working on rice paddies," a ministry representative told journalists.

    According to preliminary research, an engine failure caused the crash. One person has been confirmed dead and another person has suffered injuries, according to the ministry.

    A representative from the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations later stated that an operation is ongoing to lift the crashed helicopter from a pool of water in the fields.

    "At present, rescuers have begun a recovery operation to lift the helicopter," the ministry representative said.

    The ministry has confirmed that 17 rescuers are at the scene of the incident aiding with the recovery.

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