“The 15th casualty was recovered from the bottom of Lake Munozero, where the helicopter sank. Search continues, as according to updated data, there were 18 and not 17 people on board,” the source said. Two people survived the crash.
The helicopter was owned by the company Apatit and operated by Spark Avia. It took off at about 15:00 Moscow time on May 31 to fly over the River Varzuga and Lake Munozero in the south of the Kola Peninsula to inspect tourist facilities under a contract between Apatit and the government of the Murmansk region. Radio contacts with the helicopter were lost at 20:21 and at about 00:30 a.m. on June 1 the helicopter crashed into Munozero Lake. Two persons survived, the rest died.