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Sole survivor of Ukraine helicopter crash dies

KIEV, April 28 (RIA Novosti) - The only survivor of a Black Sea helicopter crash has died in hospital, bringing the death toll to 20, a Ukrainian emergency service spokesman said on Monday.

A MI-8 helicopter, carrying offshore oil rig workers, fell into the Black Sea on Monday 70 kilometers (45 miles) off Ukraine's coast after clipping the side of a drilling platform with its tail rotor.

The helicopter belonged to Ukraine's state-owned oil and gas company Naftogaz.

Ukraine's Transport and Communication Minister Yosyp Vinskyi told a news conference earlier in the day that the crash is believed to have been caused by pilot error.

"As far as I know, the helicopter was in good condition and had passed all regular check-ups," he said. "Therefore, the human factor may have been involved."

A special ministerial commission has been set up to investigate the cause of the crash.

The Mi-8, produced at the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, is a medium twin-turbine transport helicopter with 24 passenger capacity. It is the world's second most-produced helicopter, and is operated by over 50 countries.

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