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Bodies Recovered From Baltic Helicopter Crash Site


Divers have recovered nearly all bodies of the passengers and crew who died Wednesday when a Finnish helicopter crashed into the Baltic Sea, off the coast of Estonia.

Officials in Tallinn said Friday they retrieved 13 of 14 bodies from the wreckage and are searching for the remaining victim.

Interior Minister Kalle Laanet said divers had difficulty reaching the passenger compartment, because the submerged helicopter is lying upside down about 50 meters below the surface.

Eight Finns, four Estonians and two Americans were on board the commercial flight to Helsinki, Finland when it crashed minutes after taking off from Tallinn on Wednesday.

The U.S. Transportation Safety Board has sent four investigators to help Estonian authorities determine the cause of the crash.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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