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MOSCOW, March 10 (Itar-Tass) – Utair’s missing Mi-8 helicopter in Congo was discovered in a remote mountainous area in the jungle, the aviation company told Itar-Tass on Sunday
"On March 9, MI-8AMT RA-22472 of the UTair airline, chartered by the UN, made a flight Shabunda-Bukavu, the Republic of Congo in difficult climate conditions / pouring rain / in the mountains," the company reported.
"At a distance of 10 miles from the airport in Bukavu, the crew made the last contact and did not arrive in the airport in time," the report says.
"On March 10 as a result of the search operation the helicopter was found in a remote area in the mountainous jungle at an altitude of about 2,700 metres. Aboard are four crew members, there were neither passengers or cargo on board. A ground rescue operation is underway,” the report says.
UTair has been providing logistical support for peacekeeping missions of the United Nations since 1991, and presently the company is the largest provider of helicopter services to the United Nations Organisation.