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An Azerbaijani military helicopter crashed on Monday near the capital Baku killing all three crew members, the ex-Soviet country's defence ministry said.
"A helicopter of Azerbaijan's Air Force crashed on Monday at 10:30 local time (0630 GMT) near Baku," the ministry said in a statement.
A source in the ministry told AFP that all three crew members of the Mi-17 helicopter have died. The helicopter debris and one body have been found, he said. There were no further details on the identities of the dead.
The emergency situations ministry has launched naval and ground search operations to find the remaining bodies, he added.