Russian Military Helicopter Crashes During Air Show, One Dead

A Russian Mi-28 attack helicopter, like the one shown here, crashed Aug. 2 during an airshow about 100 miles southeast of Moscow, killing one of its crewmembers and injuring another. (Photo Russian Helicopters)
A Russian Mi-28 attack helicopter, like the one shown here, crashed Aug. 2 during an airshow about 100 miles southeast of Moscow, killing one of its crewmembers and injuring another. (Photo Russian Helicopters)

MOSCOW -- Russia's Defense Ministry says one of its helicopter gunships has crashed during an air show, killing one of its crew members and injuring another.

The ministry said the Mi-28 helicopter gunship was part of a flight of helicopters performing aerobatics at the Dubrovichi firing range in Ryazan region, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) southeast of Moscow, when it crashed Sunday. It said the crewmember who survived the crash was in satisfactory condition.

There was no damage on the ground.

The aerobatics show was part of the International Army Games, competitions involving troops from Russia and several other nations at shooting ranges across Russia that began Saturday.

The Mi-28 is a two-seat attack helicopter replacing older Soviet-built gunships in the Russian inventory. It has been sold to Iraq and Kenya among others.

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