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Rus­si­an heli­co­p­ter cras­hed near Bar­ents­burg

The­re will be updates (see bot­tom end of this arti­cle) as fur­ther infor­ma­ti­on beco­mes avail­ab­le.

A Rus­si­an MI-8 heli­co­p­ter cras­hed near Bar­ents­burg and fell into the sea in Isfjord. The heli­co­p­ter was on the way from Pyra­mi­den to Bar­ents­burg with 8 per­sons on board.

The emer­gen­cy call from the air­port tower Lon­gye­ar­by­en was recei­ved at 15.35 local time by the emer­gen­cy respon­se cent­re North Nor­way. Nor­we­gi­an search and res­cue (SAR) for­ces are on loca­ti­on with heli­co­p­ter and ships. The crash site is in the Isfjord, 2-3 kilo­me­tres away from Hee­rod­den, the Rus­si­an heli­co­p­ter base at Bar­ents­burg.

No infor­ma­ti­on is cur­r­ent­ly avail­ab­le regar­ding the con­di­ti­on of the 8 per­sons on board. The­re is a bree­ze (7-8 m/s) and the visi­bi­li­ty is affec­ted by snow­fall.

Accord­ing to Nor­we­gi­an law, the Rus­si­an heli­co­p­ters in Spits­ber­gen are only allo­wed to fly for com­pa­ny pur­po­ses. Char­ter flights, for examp­le for film teams or sci­en­tists, are not per­mit­ted. This makes it likely that the 8 peop­le on board were employees of the owner of the heli­co­p­ter, Trust Ark­ti­ku­gol.

Update: next to the pilot (Bara­nov Evge­ny), co-pilot (Frolov Vla­di­mir), flight engi­neer (Ale­xei Pou­ly­aus­kas), a tech­ni­ci­an (Mihtar Marat), and an engi­neer (Koro­lev Alek­sey), the­re were 3 sci­en­tists of the Insti­tu­te for Arc­tic and Ant­arc­tic Rese­arch in St. Peters­burg on board: Golo­va­nov Oleg, Fadeev Nicho­las, Kau­lio Mak­sim. The names were released in the Rus­si­an press.

Update: Dmi­trij Zjel­jazkov, direc­tor of Kon­vers Avia, the com­pa­ny that owns and ope­ra­tes the heli­co­p­ter, has told the Rus­si­an news agen­cy Tass that the 3 pas­sen­gers were miners of the Trust Ark­ti­ku­gol.

Rus­si­an MI-8 heli­co­p­ter at the air­port Lon­gye­ar­by­en (archi­ve image).

Russian airport Spitsbergen.

Source: NRK

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