Search-and-rescue service of Norway announced the discovery of the wreckage of a Russian Mi-8 helicopter, October 26, crashed off the coast of Spitsbergen archipelago, a few miles from the town of Barentsburg.
It is reported that the wreckage found at a depth of 209 meters, about two kilometres North-East of Cape Heer. The search operation is completed, search for the bodies of the victims will deal with the police.
Onboard the helicopter there were eight people: commander Eugene Baranov, the second pilot Vladimir Frolov, mechanic Alex, Paulauskas technician Marat Muhtarov, engineer Alexei Korolev, and three of the passengers were employees of the research Institute of the Arctic and Antarctic from St.-Petersburg Oleg Golovanov, Nikolai Fadeev and Maxim Kaulio. According to the energy Ministry, the helicopter belonging to «Konvers Avia» was in the leasing company «Arktikugol».
The archipelago of Svalbard located in the Arctic ocean, between 76th and 80th Parallels and is part of Norway. There is the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, where they live mostly miners.