In recent weeks, the Russian mining settlement of Barentsburg has suffered from several accidents. Three persons died during a helicopter crash at Kapp Heer, the helicopter base near Barentsburg, The aircraft collided with a building during a landing attempt in bad visibility conditions. On Thursday, 17 April, Barentsburg reported fire in the coal mine. One miner was found dead a while later, while a second one is still missing.
There are still 500 people living in Barentsburg.