Helicopter Accident Kills 12 in Far East

From Times Wire Reports

A huge bucket suspended from a firefighting helicopter whip-lashed into its rotor blades after dumping water on fires in Russia, causing the chopper to crash and killing all 12 people on board.

The dead included four Russian journalists who had been covering efforts by the emergencies ministry to bring forest fires in Siberia and the Far East under control.

The helicopter plunged to earth in the far eastern region of Chita while trying to extinguish pine forest fires that have been raging there for several days.