MOSCOW, June 8 (RIA Novosti) – All those on board the MI-8 helicopter that crashed in a mountainous region of far-eastern Russia are now known to have died, Russian officials said on Saturday.
“The bodies of all five who died have been found,” a local official with Russia’s Emergencies Ministry in the Khabarovsk Territory told RIA Novosti.
The MI-8 helicopter, which belonged to Russia’s Voluntary Association of Assistance to the Army, Air Force and Navy (DOSAAF), went missing on Thursday.
It was carrying four crewmembers and one passenger. The crash site was identified early on Saturday morning.
It is not yet known what caused the crash, however a DOSAAF official on Saturday told RIA Novosti that a commission will be appointed to investigate the incident.
No flight recorders from the ill-fated MI-8 have yet been found, the DOSAAF official also confirmed, adding that investigators are still working at the crash site.
Updated adding detail on commission to investigate the incident, and information re black boxes.