Russian pilot among crashed copter crew released
The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday among the crewmembers released on Friday and handed over to Pakistani authority was the helicopter's pilot S.K. Sevastyanov.
"We expect that now the Russian citizen will be transferred to the Russian embassy in Islamabad, which will organize for him to return to the Fatherland," the ministry added.
The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed deep gratitude to the Pakistani and Afghan authorities for energetic efforts in release of the Russian citizen.
The Pakistan-owned Mi-17 helicopter made an emergency landing in Azra district of Logar province on August 4 when it was heading for maintenance and repairs to an enterprise belonging to the Russian Helicopters Company.
Pakistan's Foreign Ministry on Saturday the crew of Mi-17 has been released. The helicopter belonged to Punjab government, the crew was kept hostages since August 4 by a Taliban group as the chopper made an emergency landing in Logar Province.
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