A Russian helicopter that crashed off Norway’s Arctic Svalbard archipelago with eight individuals onboard final month was raised Saturday from the seabed.
Norway’s Accident Investigation Board says not one of the lacking individuals have been contained in the helicopter that went down Oct. 26 close to the Svalbard settlement of Barentsburg. Up to now, just one physique has been recovered from the Mi-eight helicopter’s wreckage, which was situated at a depth of almost 210 meters (685 ft).
The company says the helicopter’s cockpit voice recorder was discovered when the plane was delivered to the floor early Saturday by a ship outfitted with a sturdy crane. It is going to be despatched to Moscow along with the GPS models from the helicopter for evaluation.
It stated the search continued for the helicopter’s flight knowledge recorder, which had not been discovered, and the lacking crew and passengers.
The helicopter had been carrying 5 crew members and three members from Russia’s Arctic and Antarctic Analysis Institute.
The helicopter went down close to Barentsburg, round 2 kilometers (1 mile) east of Cape Heer. It got here from the Russian hamlet of Pyramiden, a largely deserted mine that draws some vacationers on excursions to see the empty Soviet-period buildings.
Barentsburg, the Arctic archipelago’s second-largest settlement, is a Russian coal-mining city of about 500 individuals.
Underneath a world 1920 treaty, Norway has sovereignty over Svalbard, which is 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of its mainland. Different signatory nations have rights to take advantage of the archipelago’s pure assets, together with Russia.
Previously generally known as Spitzbergen, the archipelago is understood for beautiful snow-coated mountains, fjords and glaciers.
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