Saint Petersburg, Russia:

A Russian military helicopter on a training flight crashed Thursday night near St. Petersburg, killing three people, local authorities said.

The Mi-8, which belonged to the Russian National Guard (Rosgvardia), was carrying three crew members who died in the accident, according to a spokesman quoted by local online news site Fontanka.

The helicopter fell in the Gathina region of northwestern Russia “after an air incident” while on a training flight, according to the same source.

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