All 14 On Board Feared Lost
ANN Real Time News: 1630 EDT -- All 14 people on board a
Copterline-owned Sikorsky S-76 appear to have been lost when the
aircraft went down in the Baltic Sea between Helsinki, Finland, and
Tallin, Estonia, Wednesday. Searchers now report having found some
bodies in the wreckage.
0950 EDT -- Estonian search teams say they can't find any sign
of survivors -- or bodies -- in the submerged wreckage of a
Copterline aircraft that went down in the Baltic Sea Wednesday. The
aircraft, on a flight from Helsinki, Finland, to Tallin, Estonia,
went down in about 200 feet of water, during storms that kept
ferries between Helsinki and Tallin in their ports.
"We couldn't find anybody, only debris," Estonian rescue
spokesman Aivar Muriks said. He told reporters that divers were
searching in water about 50-60 meters (165-200 feet) deep.
"Apparently, the impact of the crash was quite hard," he said.
0815 EDT -- Rescue crews in Finland scrambled Wednesday to pull
14 people from the Baltic Sea after their Sikorsky S-76 went down
on a flight from Helsinki to Tallin, Estonia. There was no
immediate indication of the occupants' status.
"A rescue is going on," Estonian Interior Ministry spokeswoman
Jaana Aduson told Reuters. "The border guards are working with
rescue helicopters and rescue vessels. There's also been a rescue
helicopter dispatched from Finland."
The passengers included six Finns, four Estonians and two
Americans, according to reports from the scene.
"At this moment only one of the propeller blades is visible
above the surface of the sea, but there's no sign of people,"
according to one Copterline employee quoted by The Baltic News
The helicopter went down in weather that forced the cancellation
of ferry service between Helsinki and Tallin. Russia's news agency,
ITAR-Tass, reported thousands of people had been left without
electrical power because of the storms.