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Seven confirmed dead after Russian chopper crashes into lake

Published on Jun 2, 2014 12:45 AM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian divers on Sunday recovered seven bodies from the wreckage of a helicopter that crashed into a lake in the remote north-western tundra with 18 people, including top regional officials and businessmen, on board.

Two survivors with broken legs were found by fishermen after the Mi-8 helicopter smashed into Munozero Lake in a remote area on the north-western Kola Peninsula late on Saturday, regional officials said.

The remaining nine people on board are considered missing and feared dead.

Top regional officials including a deputy governor of the Murmansk region as well as the head and deputy head of Apatit - a company manufacturing components for mineral fertilisers, were on board the helicopter, officials said.

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