October 22, 1995 in Nation/World

Survivors, Bodies From Chopper Crash Found

Compiled From Wire Services
 

A search team on Saturday found 10 survivors - three badly injured - of a military helicopter crash on an island in the Russian Arctic.

Rescuers also found the bodies of eight other people who were on the aircraft when it went down two days ago.

The search was hampered by blizzards and bitter cold. But one helicopter managed to take off from a nuclear-powered icebreaker, and searchers aboard spotted tents on Bolshevik Island, 2,200 miles northeast of Moscow off Russia’s far northern coast.

The Mi-26 helicopter, belonging to the Federal Border Service, was carrying 12 border guards and a crew of six when it disappeared Thursday.

It was on a flight from Cape Chelyuskin, continental Russia’s northernmost point, to Severnaya Zemlya, a group of islands in the Arctic.


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