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'Illegal Migrants' Among Six Dead In Ukrainian Helicopter Crash

At least six people have been killed, including suspected illegal migrants, in the crash of a Ukrainian-registered helicopter in eastern Slovakia.

The Ukrainian border guard service said in a statement on November 13 that "two Ukrainian citizens and four nationals from Southeast Asia, including two women, were on board" the helicopter that crashed 35 kilometers from Ukraine.

It added that the Mi-2 helicopter was "likely" being used by human traffickers to transport illegal migrants.

Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kalinak said in Bratislava earlier in the day that the accident is believed to have occurred on November 11 near the eastern city of Michalovce but the crash site wasn't discovered until two days later because of thick fog in the area.

Kalinak said the helicopter was trying to evade Slovakia's air-traffic control system and was performing "dangerous maneuvers."

Based on reporting by AFP and AP

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