A Russian helicopter crashed, falling into the sea off the coast of Spitsbergen archipelago, a few miles from the town of Barentsburg, reported 26 Oct rescue service Northern Norway on his page on the social network Twitter.
According to rescuers, the helicopter has not filed a distress signal. To detect the lethal machine still failed, writes the news Agency RIA Novosti.
Emergency situations Ministry confirmed that the Mi-8 helicopter disappeared from radar in the waters of the Greenland sea 10 km from Barentsburg, where he was heading from the Russian settlement Piramida.
On Board 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».
Deputy General Director of the company «Konvers Avia» Dmitry Zhelyazkov said that the version of the crash is not yet confirmed, but the helicopter does not communicate. According to him, the aircraft commander was one of the most experienced in the company, had special training for working in Arctic conditions.
The alleged scene sent rescue vessels and a helicopter. Russian Consul General in Barentsburg Vyacheslav Nikolaev suggested that the helicopter could not fall into the sea, and to make an emergency landing.
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.