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Two Killed In Russian Air Crash

Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry says two airmen were killed when their light aircraft crashed just outside of Moscow.

The crash occurred June 9 within the Moscow Oblast just to the northwest of the city.

ITAR-TASS quotes an unnamed police official who said the pilot was a retired officer from Russia's famed Strizhi aerobatics team -- 43-year-old retired Lieutenant Colonel Sergei Vasilyev.

It says the other person killed in the crash was a 48-year-old helicopter pilot named Valery Bugayev.

Russian aviation officials say the plane hit a gust of wind as it was gaining height, was thrown into a spin, and came crashing down.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS