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5 die in Romania helicopter crash

Five people were killed when a helicopter crashed in eastern Romania, officials have said.

The aircraft was travelling from Moldova to Turkey when it went down near the Romanian village of Ostrov, close to the Moldova border, local official Vasile Gudu told Realitatea TV. He said everyone on board was Ukrainian.

Police spokeswoman Daniela Condrea said nobody survived the crash.

Air traffic control official Bogdan Donciu identified the aircraft as a Ukrainian Ka26 helicopter, which is normally used for agricultural purposes, not civilian flights.

He said it was flying in an area outside air traffic control when it crashed.

Given those unusual circumstances, chief Romanian Prosecutor Laura Codrut Kovesi dispatched a team of prosecutors and criminal investigators to the accident site.

The remote region of eastern Romania where the crash happened is near the borders of non-European Union countries Moldova and Ukraine in an era where trafficking in illegal immigrants and cigarettes is prevalent.

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