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Agusta 119 black boxes found at crash site in Tver region

September 19, 2013, 8:42 UTC+3
The light-weight eight-seat gas turbine helicopter Agusta 119, belonging to a private person, was reported missing on September 14
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TVER, September 19 (Itar-Tass) - Tver-based rescuers have found onboard flight data recorders, the so-called black boxes, as well as an aviabeacon at the site of the crash of an Agusta 119 helicopter in Staritsa District, an official in the press service of the regional department of the Russian Ministry for Emergencies (RME) announced.

Representatives of the Interstate Aviation Committee for investigation of the air crash and rescuers of the Tver Region department for fire-prevention and protection of the population and territory have been at work at the site.

The light-weight eight-seat gas turbine helicopter Agusta 119, belonging to a private person, was reported missing on September 14.

An RME official said earlier that an AgustWestland AW119 Koala helicopter was spotted in Tver Region in the evening of September 16. It was wrecked. Two bodies were found at the site.

About 160 people had been looking for the missing helicopter. They had at their disposal 28 units of equipment, including eigh private-owned planes, a pilotless flying vehicle, and a Ka-32A helicopter of the RME. The search also involved police, foresters, hunters, and Moscow- and Tver-based volunteers.

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