Rescuers find another body in Mi-2 crash in Russia's Far East
( RIA Novosti ) - Rescuers in the Russian Far East found Saturday a body of a fourth passenger from a utility helicopter that crashed two days ago into the sea near the western coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia's Far East.
"The body was discovered on Saturday on the sea shore two kilometers from a village Ustyevoye," local emergencies department said.
The Mi-2 circled the village of Ustyevoye on Thursday and suddenly crashed into the sea about 100 meters ( 330 feet) off the coast.
The body of the pilot, Yury Khudrivy, was discovered at the scene by two towboats. Three hours later rescuers found the bodies of two passengers who had been washed ashore. The search for others who could have been on board the helicopter is continuing.
Earlier reports said the emergencies service had been alerted by villagers, who heard a rattle as the helicopter fell into the Sea of Okhotsk.
The Mi-2, an 8-passenger helicopter with a flight range of about 600 kilometers ( 370 miles), belonged to a private insurance company. Officials said it was making an uncoordinated flight.
Earlier accidents involving Mi-2s include last year's crash, when two men were killed in the Far East's Maritime Territory. The helicopter went missing late last year, and its wreckage and two bodies were found in July 2007.
Four people were killed and two seriously injured in a Mi-2 accident in the northwestern region of Vologda in December 2005, when the helicopter crashed while flying over a natural gas pipeline.