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    TBILISI, March 7 (RIA Novosti) - A Georgian helicopter involved in humanitarian operations in Iraq has crashed, Georgia's Imedi TV company reported Wednesday.

    The crew - three Ukrainian pilots, who sustained minor injuries - and an undisclosed number of Iraqi passengers have been taken to a U.S. military hospital, the TV company said.

    The Novosti-Georgia news agency reported that the Tusheti airline, which owns the helicopter, excluded the possibility of a terrorist act and said that technical failure was the most likely cause of the crash.

    Nana Intskirveli, the official spokesperson for the Georgian Defense Ministry, told RIA Novosti: "The helicopter is not associated with the ministry."

    She added that the private Georgian airline handled flights to Iraq under private contracts.

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