– Owner of a civilian helicopter allegedly crashed near Spitsbergen, is the company “Arktikugol”, reported “Interfax” on Thursday the Consul General of the Russian Federation on Svalbard Vyacheslav Nikolaev.
“It’s a civilian helicopter, which belongs to the Federal state unitary enterprise “Arktikugol”, which flies the delivery of miners from Longyearbyen to Barentsburg. This is the normal operational flight,” – said Nikolaev.
According to him, on Board, presumably, were five crew members and three scientists.
Nikolayev did not rule out an emergency landing of the helicopter. “We know that the helicopter entered the zone of objective control. It crashed or made an emergency landing, I can not say for sure. Now these issues are handled by the rescue service and the corresponding service at the mine Barentsburg”, – said the Russian Consul General.
Later the source in the international services the aviation search and rescue reported that the crashed helicopter Mi-8, presumably, belonged to the airline “Conversive”, which is based at the airport “Zmeevo” (Tver),” and “Arktikugol” was the charterer.
In turn, the Russian energy Ministry confirmed that the helicopter crashed into the sea belongs FSUE “Arktikugol”.