MOSCOW, May 6 (RIA Novosti) – A Mi-8 helicopter carrying nine people and tons of explosives crashed in Siberia’s Irkutsk Region on Monday, the Emergencies Ministry said.
The helicopter was on a mission to monitor the flood situation in the area, and was carrying 1.9 tons of explosives with which to blast ice dams in the river, a regional law enforcement official told RIA Novosti.
It lost radio contact with traffic controllers earlier in the day.
Rescuers are currently working at the scene of the crash.
Stanislav Omelyanchik, acting head of the regional branch of the Emergencies Ministry, was one of the people on board the helicopter.