Two Russian tourists and a sports star were killed in a helicopter crash before being ‘dragged and gnawed by brown bears’.
Junior world biathlon champion Igor Malinovsky, 25, has died alongside Zoya Kaygorodova, a businesswoman in her mid – 30s who organized the £ 4,250 trip, and the boss of mobile phone company Sergey Kolesnyak, 39.
Mr Malinovsky piloted the helicopter on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the far east of Siberia when it crashed on Saturday.
The trio lost communication due to bad weather before the Robinson chopper, named Nadezhda of Hope, caught fire, according to reports.
Rescuers found the charred remains the next day, with images showing the scene of the tragedy.
An investigation would determine that their bodies were dragged away after the incident and eaten by bears.
“The remains of the dead tourists after the accident of a Robinson helicopter in Kamchatka were dragged away by bears,” said 5TV channel, citing local sources.
It is believed that the plane was on its way to the village of Milkovo, Mr Malinovsky’s house.
He was a five-time junior world champion in biathlon, who had trained him as a pilot for a company run by his father Vladimir.
The cause of the accident is still unclear, but an investigation will be conducted.
A statement from the Russian Emergency Management Agency read: ‘Unfortunately no one [of the three people on board] survived the accident. ‘
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Russia: Three 'killed in helicopter crash before being eaten by bears'
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