August 26, 2014 / 7:49 PM / 5 years ago

Russian airline says its helicopter likely shot down in South Sudan

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s UTair airline said its Mi-8 helicopter chartered by the United Nations in South Sudan was shot down on Tuesday, according to preliminary information.

“According to preliminary information, the helicopter was shot down with surface-to-air fire and is lying 3 kilometers away from the destination airport,” the company said in a statement.

It said four crew members were on board. The United Nations said earlier on Tuesday three of the crew were killed when the aircraft crashed on a routine cargo flight.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska

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