A Copterline passenger helicopter has crashed into the baltic sea. The copter had 12 passengers and a two men crew, two of the passengers were from
USA, four from Estonia, the rest of the passengers and the crew were Finnish.
A helicopter with 14 people on board has crashed into the Baltic Sea near Naissaar island off the Estonian coast.
Rescue services said the crash was about 5km (three miles) from shore, near the capital, Tallinn.
Two pilots and 12 passengers were on board Copterline's Sikorsky 76 helicopter flying from Tallinn to the Finnish capital, Helsinki.
There are no details of casualties or why it crashed. The area has been stormy. A rescue mission is under way.
The passengers are reported to be six Finns, four Estonians and two US citizens. The two crew were Finnish.
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This is a very unfortunate accident. This was the first crash for the comppany. The pilots involved were very experienced. But i do feel that private
copter comppanies should have more sense on what kind of wheater they fly in.
I posted this over at BTS before I noticed this thread. They have not ruled out terrorism as a possible cause of accident, but the helicopter was not
supposed to fly as it was in fact grounded. It should be able to float, but it didn`t. My BTS-thread is over here in case you`re interested:
14 Killed When Helicopter Crashed Near Estonia
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