MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Emergencies Ministry said in a statement to Sputnik, concerning sunken Mi-8 helicopter the search will continue and the search and rescue zone operation has been expanded.
Earlier in the day, the Russian consul general in Svalbard confirmed that the carcass of the helicopter had been lifted from the bottom of the sea.
Svalbard is more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of Norway’s mainland.
Over the past five days, rescuers have surveyed more than 200 km of coastline.
The area of search crashed Russian Mi-8 helicopter on the Spitsbergen coastline was expanded https://t.co/EHVomTyTGq— ruaviation (@ruaviation) 3 ноября 2017 г.
Mi-8 helicopter disappeared from radars on October 26 during a flight from the village of Pyramid to Barentsburg. On board were five crew members and three employees of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute. The body of one of the passengers of the helicopter was discovered on October 30, 130 meters from the crash site of the aircraft. The fate of the remaining seven people is still unknown.