06-Apr-12 RA-01980 AgustaWestland AW119Ke Lake Yanisyarvi, Russia

Crashed on frozen lake, injuring all four occupants – including the CEO of Bank St Petersburg Alexander Saveliev and his companion Olga Lazareva.  Pilot elected to make emergency landing on encountering a sudden blizzard but the landing was too hard and the helicopter broke up on impact.  see also statement on Bank St Petersburg website

Date
April 6, 2012
Reg
RA-01980
Make
AgustaWestland
MSN
14776
Location
Lake Yanisyarvi, 50 km off Sortavala, a town in the Republic of Karelia
Country
Russia
CivilMilitary
Civil
Operator
Baltic-Airlines
Link 1
http://big5.xinhuanet.com/gate/big5/news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-04/06/c_131511741.htm
Link 2
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/chopper-crashes-on-icy-lake-in-karelia/456301.html
Link 3
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ru&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Flifenews.ru%2Fnews%2F87991

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