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According to preliminary information, Russia’s UTair airline said its Mi-8 helicopter chartered by the United Nations in South Sudan was shot down on Tuesday. The company said in a statement, “According to preliminary information, the helicopter was shot down with surface-to-air fire and is lying 3 kilometers away from the destination airport.” It said four crew members were on board. The United Nations said earlier on Tuesday three of the crew were killed when the aircraft crashed on a routine cargo flight.

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