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10 killed, three injured in Kazakh chopper crash

Written By vibykhmer on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 | 2:59 AM

ALMATY, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Ten people died and another three were injured Tuesday after a Mi-8 helicopter carrying them crashed in southern Kazakhstan, the Interfax news agency reported.

"Ten people were burnt to death and three others survived," a source in the local security service was quoted as saying.

The helicopter, which belonged to the Kazakh border guard service and was carrying a crew of 13, lost contact with the ground at 10:30 a.m. local time (0430 GMT) and crashed in the Ugamsk Valley area, the national security committee said.

The border guard service, the Emergency Situations Ministry and the Defense Ministry have launched joint rescue efforts.

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