Russian Sport Ministry pays tribute to Margarita Afanaskin

Russian Sport Ministry pays tribute to Margarita Afanaskin

19-Sep-2013 Source: Russian Sport Ministry

[electronic translation] On Monday, 16 September, in the course of the search and rescue operation in the area of ​​the village Selco Staritskogo region Tver region Internal Affairs Ministry and the Emergencies Ministry found the wreckage of helicopter AgustaWestland AW119 Koala, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances on Saturday, September 14. The pilot of the crashed helicopter was a member of the core team of the Russian Federation on helicopter sports, champion of Russia Margarita S. Afanaskin. As a result of the crash she died tragically.
M. Afanaskin turned 30. She was one of the best athletes-vertoletchits our country. In 2010, together with navigator Eugenia M. Zamula Afanaskin became the absolute champion of Russia Helicopter Championships, winning the women’s all-around. This has frequently been the crew to fly medalist Russia and the European Open Championships. The highest result achieved them at major international competitions, was the bronze medal XIV FIFA World Helicopter Championships, which was held in paragraph Drakino (Moscow Region) in 2012. In his last flight M. Afanaskin went without a navigator.
The Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation expresses its deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Margarita Sergeevny. Eternal memories…
Editor note – see also the relevant page in HeliHub.com safety data – 14-Sep-13 AgustaWestland AW119 Selco Staritskogo, Russia (2F)

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