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     30-06-2004

PRESS RELEASE
Concerning Russian Helicopter Crash in Sierra Leone

On the morning of June 29, an MI-8MTV transport helicopter of UTair, a Russian company performing work under a contract with the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), reportedly crashed in eastern Sierra Leone (area of the town of Yengema). According to preliminary UN Secretariat data, the crash killed three Russian citizens members of the crew, as well as the 21 passengers, most of whom were UNAMSIL workers.

Rescue work is being carried out on the site. Data on the dead are currently being specified.

The representatives of UNAMSIL and UTair have started investigations.

In view of the absence of a Russian diplomatic mission in Sierra Leone, the head of the consular department of the embassy of Russia in neighboring Guinea has been sent to the capital of that country.

The Russian Foreign Ministry is expressing condolences to the relatives and friends of the dead.

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