Seven people aboard Russian missing helicopter alive

A Mi-8 helicopter that went missing in Russia’s Trans-Baikal area on Sunday has been found with all seven people reported alive, a spokesperson of the regional Emergencies Ministry said.

“At 05:09 p.m. Moscow time (01:09 GMT) the missing helicopter was found, all the crew members and passengers are alive,” the spokesperson said, adding that over 110 rescuers and 15 units of special equipment had been involved in the rescue operation.

The helicopter, which belongs to the Siberian branch of Russia’s Emergencies Ministry, was performing a flight over forests in the south of the region. It failed to establish contact at 12:45 p.m. Moscow time. After that an emergency location beacon started to send signals.

Also on Sunday, an Antonov An-2 biplane crashed in the Krasnodar Territory in south Russia, injuring a pilot. The plane crashed at about 12 hours in the afternoon on Sunday near the village of Zasovskaya. The pilot was taken to a district hospital.


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