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Russian pilot missing in Davis Strait found alive

July 27, 2015  By CBC News

A Russian helicopter pilot who went missing during the Iqaluit-to-Greenland portion of a trip around the world was down to his last flare when he was found on a floe in the Davis Strait Monday morning.

Sergey Ananov was travelling to Greenland in a Robinson R-22 helicopter after fuelling up in Iqualit when the Canadian Forces Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre received information about a missing helicopter Saturday morning.

“It couldn’t have been a more austere area of the planet to be in the Davis Strait between Baffin Island and Greenland. It’s a pretty rough terrain, a lot of ice in it,” said Rear Admiral John Newton.

He says Ananov had seconds to get out once his helicopter landed on the water.  Newton says he doesn’t believe Ananov’s survival suit was completely buttoned up when the plane went down. | READ MORE



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