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GAUHATI, India (AP) — An Indian air force helicopter crashed in the remote northeast on Thursday, killing both crewmembers on board, police said.

Police officer Mukesh Aggarwal said the crash occurred while the helicopter was flying to Majoli island from Gauhati, the Assam state capital, on a routine flight.

He said the burned wreckage was spotted on a river bank. Rescuers took time to reach the site because it was a 10-kilometer (6- mile) walk from the nearest road through an uninhabited area.

There were no other people on board. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

In recent years the Indian air force has suffered a series of crashes of helicopters and MiG aircraft acquired from the former Soviet Union. The government says the accidents were caused by both human error and mechanical problems.