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BARENTSBURG CRASH UPDATE: Body of one of the eight occupants found 130 meters from helicopter wreckage

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The body of one of eight people aboard a helicopter that crashed into the sea near Barentsburg was found late Monday about a 130 meters from the wreckage of the aircraft, according to The Governor of Svalbard.

The body was found by a submersible vehicle and workers planned with retrieve it within hours.

“We want to get the dead up as soon as possible,” Gov. Kjerstin Askholt said in a prepared statement.

The Mi-8 helicopter crashed last Thursday while carrying eight Russians from Pyramiden. The wreckage was found Monday about two kilometers from the Barentsburg heliport.

The governor’s office is coordinating the recovery efforts, with about 40 Russians who arrived Monday assisting. A ship arriving from the mainland is expected to raise the helicopter from the seabed Wednesday or Thursday.

Several teams of Russian rescuers dispatched to the crash scene Monday returned to Longyearbyen with no results, according to the Russian news agency TASS. Four groups of rescuers assisted by officers of the International Committee of the Red Cross examined 22 kilometers of the coastline, finding no objects that could be connected with the helicopter.

Russian officials also collected audio logs, images, weather information and interviewed peolple in touch with the flight before it disappeared.

 

 

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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