Russian helicopter raised from the seabed in the Arctic

A view shows the Russian-made Mil Mi-8 helicopter, that went missing October 26, 2017 with eight people aboard off the coast of the Arctic Svalbard archipelago, in the settlement of Barentsburg on Svalbard, Norway April 28, 2015. Picture taken April 28, 2015. (Reuters/File) Top News

A Russian helicopter that crashed off Norway’s Arctic Svalbard archipelago with eight people onboard last month has been raised from the seabed.

Norway’s Accident Investigation Board says none of the missing people were inside the helicopter that went down October 26 near the Svalbard settlement of Barentsburg.

So far, only one body has been recovered from the Mi-8 helicopter’s wreckage, which was located at a depth of nearly 210 meters (685 feet).

The agency says the helicopter’s cockpit voice recorder was found when the aircraft was raised early today and would be sent to Moscow for analysis.

It added that the search continued for the helicopter’s flight data recorder, which had not been found, and the missing crew and passengers.

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