MOSCOW, June 30 (Xinhua) -- A Mi-8 helicopter carrying 17 people went down in the Khabarovsk region of Russian Far East on Monday, with all passengers reported to have survived, authorities said.
"The head of the Khabarovsk regional air traffic control service just managed to contact the helicopter. The crew member answered and reported that they are alive," Itar-Tass news agency quoted a spokesman of the local forestry service as saying.
The accident happened at 11:57 a.m. Moscow time (0757 GMT). "The helicopter was carrying 14 fire-fighting paratroopers and 3 crewmen," said regional law enforcement agencies.
A rescue team in the area reported that they saw the crashed helicopter was burning, as more rescue teams are rushing to the crash site.
According to preliminary reports, the helicopter belongs to a forest security agency and all passengers aboard are its employees.