Well known adventurer and pilot killed along with two others in crash in remote area of Russia
While the details of the crash are still coming in, Collective has been in direct contact with friends of Farikh in Russia who advised that Farikh was on an Arctic expedition, piloting an R66 owned by Alexei Frolov, who was also on board the aircraft along with Arctic scientist and expedition leader Oleg Prodan. All three were killed when the R66 crashed into terrain during severe IMC conditions that arrived in the area quickly and unexpectedly.
Farikh set off in a three ship formation from Sabetta, bound for Bely Island in Russia, however, the other two aircraft diverted to Sabetta while Farikh continued to check the landing zone for visibility. When Farikh’s aircraft failed to arrive at their destination area by 2230 Russian time, a search party was launched on snowmobiles, locating the wreckage one mile from the expected landing area. Weather conditions are still preventing investigators from reaching the remote area of the crash at this time and are expected to depart once the weather in the area allows.
Farikh set a world record in 2013 completing a multi aircraft around the world flight with several helicopters, gaining him international notoriety, along with pushing the use of general aviation helicopters in Russia and is widely regarded as the person that pushed to government to ease their restrictions on personal flights that has ultimately lead to a booming light helicopter market in Russia.