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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, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in “Downton Abbey” if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russia’s best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russia’s most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkin’s, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontov’s short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library System’s website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Club’s weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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