News Brief 4/11/2010, Nisan 27, 5770
Russian Helicopter Hit by Avalanche
Ten people were killed on Saturday when a helicopter carrying snowboarders was hit by an avalanche after landing on a ski slope in Russia's Far East. The helicopter, carrying 18 people, including tourists from Germany and Belgium, had landed on a ski slope in Russia's Kamchatka region.
"As of now we think 10 people died, but eight are alive," Irina Andrianova of Russia’s Emergency Ministry told Reuters, adding three Russians and one German citizen were found to be dead when they were dug out of the snow. "Two Russians and four Germans are still under the snow. There is practically no chance they have survived as the temperature is minus 20 degrees Celsius and the thickness of the snow is 10-15 meters."