Russian helicopter crashes off Norway's coast

"There is poor visibility in the area of the search for a Mi-8 helicopter, which is complicating the search efforts", the source said.

A helicopter on route from the Russia's settlement of Pyramida to Barentsburg disappeared from radar and crashed according to the Norwegian Coast Guard.

Russian helicopter with eight people on board has smashed into the sea near the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. "The helicopter belongs to our company".

It was not immediately clear if the helicopter had crashed or if there were any injuries. "At the current moment, there is no communication with it", Conversavia Deputy CEO Dmitry Zhelyazkov told TASS.

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Norway has sovereignty over Svalbard but Russian Federation has a small coal-mining community in Barentsburg.

It was reported missing at 3:35pm local time and confirmed down at 3:45pm, the rescuers added.

"We have found oil on the water but no wreck", Olav Bjoergaas, a spokesman for the Joint Rescue Coordination Centers for northern Norway, told The Associated Press.

"There were three crewmembers and five passengers - coalminers of Arktikugol company. We don't know if it was a controlled landing", an emergency services spokesman said. "It's a regular flight", he said.

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