Tuesday, 3 June 2014

More bodies pulled from Murmansk Lake after Russian helicopter crash

Rescue services in Russia's Murmansk region have pulled the 15th body from Lake Munozerzo on Monday following a Russian helicopter crash on Saturday, local media reports said.

The efforts to recover the 16th and the final body are set to continue over the coming hours and days.

The helicopter was carrying 18 people on board while the crash happened on Saturday, killing 16 people and injuring two others.

Official investigation has yet to determine the cause of the accident, although negligence, gear failure and poor visibility due to heavy fog remain the likeliest scenario.

The Mi-8 helicopter crashed while delivering Deputy Governor of Murmansk Region Sergey Skomorokhov, Regional Minister of Natural Resources Aleksey Smirnov and Director-General of Apatit JSC Aleksey Grigoryev, according to the Itar-Tass news agency.

The regional government said the helicopter belongs to Apatit JSC, a manufacturer of chemicals and fertilizers.

The Russian Investigative Committee had also begun a criminal inquiry into the crash on suspected breaches of air safety rules.

Meanwhile, a fundraiser has been announced in Murmansk for the families of the victims. Local authorities are also covering food and hotel costs as relatives wait for the return of their loved ones' remains.

Tuesday 03 June 2014



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