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Nine Killed In Crash Of Uzbek Military Helicopter

An Mi-171 helicopter (file photo)
An Mi-171 helicopter (file photo)

State media reports in Uzbekistan say nine people, including six soldiers, have been killed in the crash of a military helicopter in the eastern part of the country.

The reports say the crash of a Soviet-designed Mi-171 transport helicopter occurred on October 18 in Uzbekistan's Fergana region near the border with Kyrgyzstan.

A Defense Ministry statement described the crash of its helicopter as an "accident" that killed all three crew members and six soldiers on board.

Uzbekistan's Defense Ministry has set up a special state commission to investigate the crash.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and Uzreport