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27 October 2017, 12:58 | Kara Nash
A Russian helicopter with 8 people on board on Thursday crashed into the sea a few kilometers from Barensburg, the second-largest settlement on the Svalbard archipelago, the northern Norway rescue service reported.
The rescue service said the helicopter went down 2 to 3 kilometers (1.3 to 1.9 miles) from Barentsburg at 3.30 p.m.
The helicopter, attributed as "Russian" and said to be carrying eight people, crashed into the sea, HRS Nord-Norge rescue service said on Twitter.
A Norwegian helicopter and rescue vessels were dispatched to the scene, he said, adding that no contact had been made with the chopper.
Russia's consul general in Svalbard, Viacheslav Nikolayev, told the Interfax news agency there were five crew members and three scientists on board.
As per Anadolu Agency, Tore Hongset, the leader of the Norwegian rescue coordination operation, reported the incident to a Norwegian newspaper.
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The helicopter was en route from the mothballed community of Pyramiden to Barentsburg.
"We are physically looking for the helicopter".
Svalbard is more than 500 miles north of Norway's mainland. There was no information on casualties or helicopter model immediately available.
Nationals of all signatory states enjoy "equal liberty of access and entry" to Svalbard and its waters.
It is home to about 500 people, nearly entirely Russians and Ukrainians.
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