7 dead, 5 missing in Ukraine helicopter crash: report

Seven people died and five were missing after a Ukrainian border guard helicopter crashed in the Black Sea region on Thursday, news agencies reported, citing the border guard service.

7 dead, 5 missing in Ukraine helicopter crash: report
"Seven bodies have been found," border guard service spokesman Sergiy Astakhov told the Interfax news agency.

"One person was found alive, although he is in a serious condition" and five more are missing, he was quoted as saying.

The Mi-8 helicopter was carrying three crew members, 10 passengers and two tonnes of equipment to build a border post on Snake Island near the border between Ukraine and Romania, Astakhov said.

An emergency situations ministry spokesman said that 12 people were missing, but was unable to confirm the death toll.

The helicopter crashed at around 11:30 a.m. (0930 GMT) into an island in the Danube delta, said Sergiy Shmorgal, a spokesman for the emergency ministry in the southern port of Odessa, where the helicopter took off.

Other reports said the helicopter had crashed into the sea.

The Mi-8 is designed to carry up to 28 people. Around 11,000 have been produced since the first in 1965, according to Moscow's Mil helicopter factory.

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