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All On Board Russian Helicopter Survive Crash-Landing

All 15 people who were on board a helicopter that crash-landed in Russia's Far East on June 30 have survived.

A spokesman for Russia’s Federal Forestry Agency said that the Mi-8 helicopter, which carried forest firefighters and was conducting aerial reconnaissance, landed near the village of Chekunda in the Khabarovsk Krai's Verkhnyaya Bureya district.

A senior Emergencies Ministry official, Vitaly Darchy, said the helicopter had managed to land, but "was damaged by a forest fire," forcing its passengers and crew to abandon the aircraft.

The cause of the incident is not yet known.

Earlier reports said the plane had crashed.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS, Interfax, and AFP