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Russian helicopter crashes at air show

A Russian helicopter gunship has crashed during an air show, killing one of its crew members and injuring another.

The Russian ministry said the Mi-28 helicopter gunship was part of a flight of helicopters performing aerobatics at the Dubrovichi firing range in Ryazan region, about 170 kilometres (105 miles) south-east of Moscow, when it crashed today. It said the crew member who survived the crash was in a satisfactory condition.

There was no damage on the ground.

The aerobatics show was part of the International Army Games, competitions involving troops from Russia and several other nations at shooting ranges across Russia that began on Saturday.

The Mi-28 is a two-seat attack helicopter replacing older Soviet-built gunships in the Russian inventory. It has been sold to Iraq and Kenya among others.

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