07.11.2014 Mi-26 helps make new geographical discovery
The discovery was made in 2013, but was not made public until it had been scientifically verified. Many Arctic islands are unique in that they are formed, not from rock but from ice covered by a layer of subsoil. Over time, the ice melts, and these ‘islands’ disappear. That is why the geographical discovery made by the Mi-26 crews was officially announced after a year had passed and hydrographic service specialists had been able to carry out research confirming that the patch of sandy soil measuring 370 metres by 125 metres, rising to less than one metre above Vasilevsky shallow waters was indeed an island.
The new island was named ‘Yaya’ – as every member of crew on board the Mi-26s started saying, excitedly, ‘I found it, I found it’ (‘ya’ means ‘I’ in Russian).