A Russian helicopter carrying eight has gone down at sea off the island of Spitsbergen several kilometers away from the Russian coalmining community of Barentsburg, according to the Norwegian rescue coordination center Twitter account, TASS reports.
The Norway Rescue Service then confirmed the helicopter "came down" just 2km off the coast of Barentsburg.
The helicopter was flying from the closed settlement of Pyramid to Barentsburg.
"We've only been informed that it went down at sea". A rescue helicopter and a frigate were deployed to the area.
It said the eight people aboard were five crew members and three staff members from Russia's national Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute.
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Agency spokesman Tore Hongset tells Norwegian news agency NTB they had not received any mayday signal from the helicopter.
"We know the helicopter failed to return".
Norway was afforded sovereignty of Svalbard, located around 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) from the North Pole, under the 1920 Treaty of Paris.
Barentsburg is a small mining settlement on the Arctic Svalbard archipelago, with around 500 inhabitants, predominantly Russian.
The fate of those on the helicopter was not immediately known.