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Helicopter crashes in East Siberia, five people killed

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IRKUTSK, May 10 (RIA Novosti) - Five people, including the governor of the Irkutsk Region, were killed in a helicopter crash in East Siberia, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said on Sunday.

The helicopter, which was performing a regular observation flight, crashed early on Sunday southeast of Irkutsk.

"A Bell-427 private helicopter was discovered today at about 12:30 p.m. Moscow time [8:30 GMT] by a Mi-8 helicopter of the Russian Emergencies Ministry in a hard-to-access area in the direction towards Lake Baikal 90 km southeast of Irkutsk," Irina Andrianova, the ministry's spokeswoman said

Igor Yesipovsky, 49, was appointed governor of the Irkutsk Region in late November 2008.

An investigation into the incident has been launched.

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