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The Governor of Svalbard has started the process of downscaling the search for casualties after the helicopter accident. – We will continue to monitor the search area with the Governor's own resources in the days to come, Governor Kjerstin Askholt says.
Following the recovery of the helicopter wreck, the search continues for the missing persons, the flight data recorder and other possible objects. Search is being conducted both from ships by way of so-called ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles), and on foot in the beach areas.
Possible sea currents in various depths in the search area have been simulated, in cooperation with The Norwegian Meteorological Institute, the University Centre in Svalbard, experts from the Norwegian Coast Guard, the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, and resources on board the vessels participating in the operation.
The Russian helicopter that crashed in the sea near Heerodden last week was recovered in the early hours this morning. In a press release, The Accident Investigation Board Norway considers the recovery operation to be a success.
The press release reads as follows:
"At approximately 0200 hours 4 November the body, rotor and separated tail of the helicopter MI-8AMT with registration RA-22312 was lifted up on deck of the ship Maersk Forza. The recovery operation was a success.
The helicopters Cockpit voice recorder (CVR) is recovered. CVR and GPS-units will be brought to Moscow for analysis. Flight data recorder (FDR) is not yet found, and the search will continue.
There were no persons inside the helicopter, and search for the missing persons continues".