A Mi-8 helicopter with seven people aboard went missing in Russia’s Trans-Baikal area, a source in regional law-enforcement agencies said on Sunday.
‘The helicopter failed to establish contact at 12:45 p.m. Moscow time. After that an emergency location beacon started to send signals,” the source said.
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.
The location of the helicopter is unknown. A search for the helicopter has been organized, the source said.
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.
Russia has been hit by a string of recent fatal disasters involving aircraft.
On September 7, a Yak-42 plane crashed near the Volga city of Yaroslavl shortly after takeoff killing forty-four people and wiping out the Lokomotiv ice hockey team. The team was flying to the Belarus capital of Minsk for its first match of the Kontinental Hockey League season.