Moscow. 26 Oct. INTERFAX – On Board the helicopter that crashed in Svalbard, according to preliminary data, there were, including the staff of the Arctic and Antarctic research Institute (AARI), reported “Interfax” on Thursday a source.
AARI is a Federal state budget institution of Roshydromet that performs basic and applied research and development in Russia’s Arctic region and in Antarctica.
About the helicopter crash near the Norwegian settlement of Barentsburg on Svalbard reported earlier, the Norwegian rescue center. The helicopter fell to 2-3 km from the shore. About the loss of the helicopter it became known at 15:35 local time, his fall was confirmed at 15:45.
According to preliminary information, a Russian Mi-8AMT helicopter, on Board of which were eight people.
Sources report that the helicopter, according to preliminary data, belonged to the airline “Conversive”, which is based at the airport “Zmeevo” (Tver). He was a chartered company “Arktikugol” and could carry the story of “Arktikugol” from the Russian village of Barentsburg Pyramid. According to the Consul General of the Russian Federation on Svalbard, aboard, allegedly, there were five crew members and, presumably, the three representatives of science.