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Russian MP Airat Khairullin killed in helicopter crash in Tatarstan

Christian Fernsby |
A technical failure is among other lines of inquiry after Airat Khairullin, a member of the Russian State Duma, was killed in the Bell helicopter crash in Tatarstan, some 850 kilometers east of Moscow, the emergency services told TASS today.

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"[We] are following a number of lines of inquiry, including a technical failure.

"According to prior reports, the pilot was trying to land, but the helicopter fell in the water area of Kuibyshev Reservoir," the source said adding that the pilot and two passengers, including Khairullin, were on board.

"Khairullin was killed.

"The pilot and the second passenger were injured," he added.

According to the Russian Emergencies Ministry, the helicopter was flying from the settlement of Levashovo in Tatarstan’s Alekseevsky district to the settlement of Matyushino in Laishevo district.

It did not arrive at the destination at the scheduled time.

The emergency services told TASS that the helicopter crashed on the ice of the Kuibyshev Reservoir, six kilometers off the shore.

The pilot was trying to make an emergency landing, but the helicopter fell and crashed.

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