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Helicopter rescues 52 passengers from ship trapped in Antarctic ice

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LONDON — In a dramatic operation displaying unusual international harmony in one of the world’s most remote and inhospitable places, a red-and-white Chinese helicopter Thursday rescued 52 passengers trapped for more than a week aboard an icebound Russian research ship in Antarctica, ferrying them a dozen at a time to an Australian icebreaker.

The twin-rotored helicopter, based on a Chinese icebreaker, the Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, flew several sorties across miles of packed ice to pluck scientists, tourists, and journalists from a makeshift landing zone next to the marooned MV Akademik Shokalskiy research vessel.

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