Tourist Helicopter crashes in Russia: A tourist helicopter with 16 passengers on board has crashed into a lake in the Far East, Russia.
Eight people survived, according to Russian media, according to emergency ministry officials.
There were 13 tourists and three crew members, including a child, when the Mi-8 crashed into Lake Kuril on the Kamchatka Peninsula.
Emergency Ministry guards and divers were sent to the area to search for those still unidentified.
A helicopter belonging to the Vithaj-Aero Company is reported to have sunk to a depth of 100 meters (330 feet) in the lake.
According to preliminary information, the plane was traveling from Nikolayevka village towards Kuril Lake and Khodutka volcano when it crashed, the emergency ministry said.
The Mi-8 – medium twin-turbine helicopter – is carrying tourists from Moscow and St. Petersburg, the Russian news agency RIA reported.
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The mountainous Kamchatka Peninsula – more than 6,000 km (3,730 miles) east of Moscow – is popular with tourists.
In July, a total of 28 people on board the plane died in an accident on the peninsula.