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2 Britons Killed in Air Crash

A helicopter crashed in the northern Murmansk region on Sunday, killing two British tourists and their Russian interpreter.

The Eurocopter-120 owned by Alliance Avia banked sideways as it took off in the north of the Kola Peninsula and crashed into the three people on the ground, killing them, Interfax reported, citing the Federal Air Transport Agency.

Regional prosecutors identified the victims as two British nationals and one Russian, but said they were killed when the aircraft banked sideward and hit them with its spinning rotor as it was landing.

Interfax identified the British nationals as Rupert Diamond and Mark Robinson and said they were on a luxury fishing trip.

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