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2 Britons, Russian Die In Murmansk Helicopter Crash

Russian officials say three people, including two British tourists, have been killed in a helicopter crash in the country's remote north.

Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry said in a statement on July 21 that the private Eurocopter crashed in the Murmansk region of the Kola Peninsula, about 150 kilometers from the city of Murmansk.

The two Britons, who had traveled to the remote region for a fishing expedition, and their Russian translator, were killed by the rotors of the helicopter as the aircraft crash-landed on its side.

"After the passengers had disembarked from the helicopter, it attempted to lift off but tilted on its side [killing] the people," Russian Emergencies Ministry spokesman Oleg Voronov told Russian news television Rossiya 24. "Four people have been hurt during the accident, three of whom died. The helicopter has been damaged. Currently, another helicopter has been dispatched to the site of the incident with rescuers from the Emergencies Ministry, officials from the Interior Ministry and the Investigative Committee on board."

The Investigative Committee said the two Britons were born in 1944 and their local guide was born in 1960 but did not reveal their identities.

Fishing expeditions in northern Russia are one of the few tourism attractions of Russia that bring in foreign tourists beyond Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Based on reporting by Interfax, AFP, and AP

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