Three Scientists Were Among 8 People Aboard Helicopter Crashed Off Spitsbergen

Russian helicopter with eight on board crashes near Norway’s Svalbard archipelago

A Russian helicopter with 8 people on board on Thursday crashed into the sea a few kilometers from Barensburg, the second-largest settlement on the Svalbard archipelago, the northern Norway rescue service reported.

"We've only been informed that it went down at sea".

According to the report, the helicopter was en route from Barentsburg to a Russian settlement known as the Pyramid. "We don't know if it was a controlled landing", an emergency services spokesman said.

Agency spokesman Tore Hongset tells Norwegian news agency NTB they had not received any mayday signal from the helicopter.

In August 1996, a Russian plane carrying residents of Barentsburg and Pyramiden crashed on approach to the Svalbard Airport, killing all 141 people aboard.

Norway was afforded sovereignty of Svalbard, located around 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) from the North Pole, under the 1920 Treaty of Paris.

A rescue helicopter and a frigate were rushed to the site.

Nationals of all signatory states enjoy "equal liberty of access and entry" to Svalbard and its waters.

Barentsburg is a Russian coal-mining town of about 500 people. The helicopter has not been detected yet and the fate of the people on board is still unclear.

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