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    WEATHER CONDITIONS PREVENT PILOTS FROM HELPING RUSSIAN POLAR EXPLORERS IN TROUBLE

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    MURMANSK, MARCH 4 (RIA Novosti) - Two airplanes and a helicopter are ready to take off to render assistance to the Russian polar explorers facing disaster at the SP-32 drifting station in the Arctic Ocean.

    The station is located about a thousand kilometres to the northwest of Franz Joseph's Land.

    RIA Novosti was informed at the Arctic Border Guard Directorate of the Federal Security Service (FSS) of Russia that two An-26 airplanes and a Mi-26 helicopter had been already prepared for takeoff. So far, however, the flight has been delayed due to bad weather conditions - a severe snowstorm is raging in the area.

    According to the representative of the Regional FSS Directorate, warm clothes, fuel and other things necessary for the explorers in disaster had been loaded on board.

    On Wednesday evening Vladimir Koshelev, head of the SP-32 called Anatoli Koretski, Commander of the Arctic Regional Border Guard Directorate to inform that the drifting ice floe had split. The main camp was submerged. Only two modules remained on the ice floe. All SP-32 staff - 12 explorers - are alive and safe.

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