Russia: Helicopter carrying at least 9 (inc snr rescue service officials) and 1.9 tonnes of explosives crashes in Siberia – 060513 1855z

Russias Emergency Ministry confirms missing helicopter found destroyed in Irkutsk (Photo: en.trend.az)

Fragments of the fuselage found in the Irkutsk region in the past hour may belong to the missing Mi-8 helicopter.
A source from “Angara” airline said that “Fragments that may belong to the missing helicopter had been discovered from an aircraft. We reported the discovery to all authorities. Hopefully, the Emergency Situations Ministry will assign search parties within minutes”.
Mi-8 Helicopter just gone missing in Irkutsk transported 2 tons of explosives.
The Mil Mi-8 helicopter assigned on a search mission in Russia’s Irkutsk region went missing itself with almost two tons of explosives and 10 people on board.
The helicopter belonged to the aircarrier “Angara” and was engaged in anti-flood works in the area.
Monday, 06 May, 2013 at 13:34 (01:34 PM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports

Russian helicopter carrying nine crashes

(Photo: en.rian.ru) Mi-8 helicopter. (Archive)

“A Russian helicopter carrying nine people including senior rescue service officials as well as almost two tonnes of explosives has crashed in the Irkutsk region of southern Siberia, regional officials said.

 

“The remains of the missing helicopter were found … six kilometres from the village of Preobrazhenka,” the Irkutsk regional emergency situations ministry said in a statement.

 

“There were nine people on board,” it said, listing the region’s acting emergency situations chief, Stanislav Omelyanchik, among those missing along with five other rescue officials and three crew.

 

The helicopter took off from the nearest village Preobrazhenka and was bound for the Nizhnyaya Tunguska river when it stopped responding, the ministry said on its website on Monday.

 

The region’s deputy emergency minister Valentin Nelyubov told the RIA Novosti news agency that the helicopter was carrying 1.9 tonnes of explosives for breaking up ice blocking the river

 

The Preobrazhenka village had been in a state of emergency as water level rose almost nine metres after the ice blocked the water flow and 125 homes were flooded, the regional government said earlier.

 

The helicopter had flown out to take part in a flood rescue operation near the village in the north of the vast Irkutsk region, which is around 5,000 kilometres from Moscow.

 

The wreckage was discovered around 4 1/2 hours after the aircraft disappeared from the radar.

 

The multifunctional Russian-made Mi-8 helicopter is used by the military and by UN peacekeepers.

 

The crash took place a day after hunters located the wreckage of a small plane that crashed killing all 13 aboard in June last year, but had gone undiscovered for 11 months in an impassable bog in the Urals region.” – theaustralian.com.au

Russias Emergency Ministry confirms missing helicopter found destroyed in Irkutsk

“Mi-8 helicopter that disappeared on Monday in the Irkutsk region is found destroyed, spokesman for the Russian Emergencies Ministry Irina Rossius confirmed to reporters, RIA Novosti reported.

“Mi-8 helicopter is detected in 7 kilometers from the Preobrazhenka settlement with signs of destruction,” she said. No official information has been reported yet on the fate of ten people on board the helicopter.

Meanwhile, a source in law enforcement agencies told RIA Novosti earlier that among those experts on board the helicopter was the Acting Head of the Regional Emergency Department Omelyanchik.” – en.trend.az

 

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