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Jul 02, 2013 at 01:49pm IST

Russia: Mi-8 helicopter crashes in Siberia, 19 dead

Moscow: Russian authorities say 19 people have died after a helicopter carrying 28 people, including 11 children, crashed in a remote Siberian region of Yakutia.

The Interstate Aviation Committee, Russia's top aviation body, said that a Mi-8 helicopter crash-landed in a remote mountainous area on Tuesday, dozens of miles away from the nearest village, and caught fire.

The committee said there were 28 people on board. Emergency officials said that 11 of them were children. Officials did not immediately comment on the cause of the crash.

Russia: Helicopter crashes in Siberia, 19 dead

Russia's top aviation body said there were 28 people on board, including 11 children.

Russia has a dismal record of aviation safety, mostly blamed on poor safety standards and an aging fleet.