August 10, 2005

All 14 on crashed Finnish helicopter feared dead

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - All 12 passengers and two crew on a
Finnish helicopter which crashed into the Baltic Sea off
Estonia on Wednesday are feared dead, the deputy head of
Estonia's civil aviation authority said.

"They are believed dead. Typically people cannot survive a
crash like this. The helicopter dived very quickly," Rein
Porro, deputy director of the authority, said by phone from
Tallinn. He called it the worst civil aviation accident in
Estonia's history.

The two crew members of the Copterline aircraft, which was
on a regular commercial flight from Tallinn to Helsinki, were
Finnish as were six of the passengers. Two passengers were
American and four Estonian.