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Russia Grounds Mi-8 Helicopter Fleet after Crash in Saratov.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev suspended all flights by Mil Mi-8 helicopters following Tuesday's crash.

"The commander made such a decision pending an investigation into the crash of an Mi-8 helicopter in the Saratov region," Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told Interfax.

One crewmember was killed and two other crewmen are in satisfactory condition, Itar-Tass quoted the spokesman as saying.

The Mi-8 helicopter of the Syzran branch of the Gagarin and Zhukovsky Air Force Academy had reportedly started shaking violently and the blades of the main rotor hit the tail.

It crashed near the village of Ivanovskoye, Saratov region, at around 08:00 GMT.

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Date:May 28, 2013
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