updated 8/13/2005 9:16:14 PM ET 2005-08-14T01:16:14

Rescue teams lifted the wreckage of a helicopter from the Baltic Sea on Saturday, three days after it crashed off Estonia’s coast killing 14 people, officials said.

Divers had already recovered 13 bodies trapped inside the U.S.-made Sikorsky S-76 helicopter that plunged into the sea after takeoff Wednesday on a commercial flight from the Estonian capital to Helsinki, Finland. One of the pilots was still missing.

The Finnish Copterline flight crashed on Wednesday, killing all the passengers aboard including two Finnish pilots, six passengers from Finland, four Estonians and two Americans.

What caused the Finnish Copterline flight to crash was not known, but Estonian officials ruled out bad weather and suggested technical problems could have been to blame. The overturned helicopter was recovered from a depth of some 160 feet, where it had broken into two pieces.

The cockpit’s voice recorders, the so-called black boxes, were recovered and would be sent to the United States for analysis, officials said.

The tail section of the helicopter had nearly broken off and was connected to the front by cables and wires only, said Hannu Melaranta, a Finnish member of the team investigating the crash.

“Some parts are naturally missing here and there ... but they’ve been spotted and will be lifted later,” Melaranta said.

Last year, Finnish aviation authorities temporarily banned Copterline from flying in bad weather because of inexperienced pilots, but the restriction was lifted after the company made policy changes.

Among the victims were Lydia Riis Hamburgen, 86, of Rochester, Minn., and her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Hamburgen, 46, of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.

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