Crashed Russian helicopter raised from its Arctic seabed

2017-11-05 10:17
The helicopter is lifted on to the deck of the ship Maersk Forza off the coast of Norway. (AP)

The helicopter is lifted on to the deck of the ship Maersk Forza off the coast of Norway. (AP)

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Copenhagen - A Russian helicopter that crashed off Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago with eight people on board last month was raised from the seabed on Saturday.

Norway's Accident Investigation Board says none of the missing people were inside the helicopter that went down near the Svalbard settlement of Barentsburg on October 26.  So far, only one body has been recovered from the Mi-8 helicopter's wreckage, which was located at a depth of nearly 210m.

The agency says the helicopter's cockpit voice recorder was found when the aircraft was brought to the surface by a ship equipped with a sturdy crane. It will be sent to Moscow together with the GPS units from the helicopter for analysis.

It said the search continued for the helicopter's flight data recorder, which had not been found, and the missing crew and passengers.

The helicopter had been carrying five crew members and three members from Russia's Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute.

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