Russian Federation: 8 feared dead after helicopter crashes into sea

Vitaly Nevar  TASS

Vitaly Nevar TASS

The helicopter was flying from the closed settlement of Pyramid to Barentsburg.

As the Rescue Service of Northern Norway told TASS, Norwegian rescuers intend to apply to their Russian counterparts for help in the search for the helicopter that has gone missing near Spitzbergen. The helicopter has not been detected yet and the fate of the people on board is still unclear.

The Norway Rescue Service then confirmed it "came down" just 2km off the coast of Barentsburg. At 15:35 local time (16:35 Moscow time) the center received a message saying that the helicopter disappeared.

It was not immediately clear if the helicopter had crashed or if there were any injuries. Russian Emergencies Ministry assumes that the helicopter may have carried out emergency landing. "The rescue service in northern Norway is coordinating the rescue operation, details have not been not disclosed", the rescue service said in its Twitter blog.

The aircraft, an MIL MI-8, was carrying five crew members and three passengers with "Russian-sounding names" on board when it went missing off the archipelago. "It's a regular flight", he said.

As a result, Russia operates a coal mine in Barentsburg, a community home to several hundred Russian and Ukrainian miners.

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