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16 Missing After Helicopter Crash in Northern Russia

Published: June 2, 2014 (Issue # 1813)



  • The Mi-8 helicopter that crashed had a crew of five and belonged to the fertilizer company Apatit.
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A helicopter crashed into a lake in northern Russia and 16 of the 18 people on board are missing, officials said Sunday. Two passengers, who floated to the surface still strapped into their seats, were rescued by fishermen and hospitalized for treatment of broken legs and other injuries, Rossia television reported.

The Mi-8 helicopter broke into three pieces after crashing into the Munozera lake in the northwestern Murmansk region on Saturday evening, emergency officials said. Divers arrived on the scene on Sunday.

The helicopter, which had a crew of five, belonged to the fertilizer company Apatit, the regional administration said on its website.

Among the 13 passengers were Apatit executives and regional government officials, RIA Novosti reported, citing unidentified sources. The report said they were believed to have been on a fishing trip.

The cause of the crash was still under investigation, but was most likely due either to technical failure or poor weather, the spokesman for the Federal Investigative Committee, Vladimir Markin, said in a statement.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at today’s Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nation’s premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the city’s elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s latest film “Mommy” at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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