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Crashed helicopter moved to Antarctic station

(People's Daily)

15:52, December 12, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

China's 28th Antarctic expedition moved the wreckage of a crashed helicopter to the country's Zhongshan Station at 3:10 a.m. on Dec. 11 local time, or 6:10 a.m. Beijing time, about 50 hours after the helicopter crashed into an Antarctic iceberg, the State Oceanic Administration said.

Despite all difficulties, 25 members of the expedition spent more than seven hours hauling the 8.5-ton heavily crashed helicopter to the Zhongshan station using sleds and two PB240 snowmobiles.

After the crash occurred, the helicopter crew took out the flight data recorder, commonly known as the "black box," and then gave it to the expedition for safekeeping.

There was no evidence found of fuel leakage during or after the crash. The expedition has carefully collected the remaining pieces of the helicopter scattered around the accident site so as not to damage the local environment.

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S F at 2011-12-1612.48.57.*
Any possibility that the chopper went down due to icing on it"s engine or rotor blades?

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