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TurkishPress: Divers retrieve bodies, officials probe helicopter crash off Estonia
Meanwhile, Copterline bosses in Finland puzzled over what caused the accident, ruling out the weather, pilot error or a technical problem. "It was windy, but these helicopters are used to flying in these conditions and are built to fly in storms," Kari Ljungberg, chief executive Copterline, told AFP in Helsinki.
The Estonian victims of the chopper crash have been identified as the wife of Estonian food tycoon Oliver Kruuda, Ruta Kruuda, and his sister Kristel Soll; and two recent graduates of the Estonian Academy of Music, Liisa Suuster and Carolina Kremenetski. According to Finland's Iltasanomat newspaper, Finnish victims of the crash included five members of the labour protection authority, who had reportedly swapped boat tickets for helicopter tickets because of urgent work commitments.
Estonian newspaper Eesti Paevaleht identified one of the chopper's pilots as Peter Eriksson, who previously worked in the Finnish maritime rescue agency and took part in the rescue operation of the Estonia ferry in 1994. The two US citizens who died in the crash were Estonian-born Lydia Riis Hamburgen, 86, of Minnesota, and her daughter Mary Elizabeth Hamburgen, 46, of California, according to press reports.