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Russian Military Helicopter Crashes At Air Show, Killing Pilot

Russian Military Helicopter Crashes At Air Show
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WATCH: Russia has announced that it is grounding its fleet of Mi-28 military helicopters after a fatal crash at an air show. An Mi-28 was performing maneuvers with three other helicopters at Dubrovichi airfield, 200 kilometers east of Moscow, on August 2, when it started spinning out of control. One pilot was killed, the other is in hospital. (Reuters)

A Russian military helicopter has crashed at an air show before thousands of spectators, killing one crew member and injuring another.

The commander of the Mi-28 helicopter was killed after the aircraft crashed during an aerobatic display at the August 2 air show in the Russian region of Ryazan, 200 kilometers southeast of Moscow.

"The commander has died, the second pilot is alive. According to the second pilot, equipment failure caused the accident," the head of the Russian Air Forces, Colonel General Viktor Bondarev, was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying.

The air show, Aviadarts, featured Russian Air Force plane and helicopter crews competing to fulfill timed assignments.

No spectators were injured, and the event was suspended for the day following the accident.

Russia's air force has used the Soviet-designed Mi-28 since the mid-2000s, and the aircraft is also exported to numerous countries, including Iraq.

Bondarev has grounded the country's Mi-28 fleet pending an investigation.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP