Searchers Were Looking For The Lost "Progress" Spacecraft
Russian crews hoping to locate the wreckage of the "Progress 44"
spacecraft which failed to achieve orbit last moth have come across
an accident of a different kind. They have located the wreckage of
an Mi-2 helicopter which went down 35 years ago on a firefighting
Progress File Photo
While all six people aboard the helicopter managed to get out of
the aircraft, which burned after impacting the ground in a swamp,
the wreckage had never been recovered. The Russian English-language
news channel RT.com reports that the helicopter went down in 1975,
but its wreckage had remained in the swamp until now.
As for the Progress 44 spacecraft, searchers have yet to find
any large pieces of the cargo ship, which went down in the Altay
Mountains when a gas generator in the booster's third stage appears
to have malfunctioned. It was on a mission to deliver fuel and
other supplies to the ISS. The search for debris from the accident