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Passenger Helicopter Service to Tallinn to Resume

The helicopter company Copterline is resuming scheduled passenger service to the Estonian capital Tallinn. The flights were suspended in 2005 when the company's helicopter crashed into the sea off Tallinn.

All 12 passengers and two crew members on the helicopter were killed in the crash in August 2005.

Estonian investigators found that the cause of the crash was a fault in the steering mechanism of the US-built Sikorsky helicopter.

Copterline has acquired two new Italian Augusta helicopters, capable of crossing the Gulf of Finland between the Finnish and Estonian capitals in 18 minutes.

The company hopes to resume flights before the summer. Copterline is also examining the feasibility of passenger helicopter traffic to St. Petersburg and the Latvian capital Riga.