Russian Emergencies Ministry plane goes missing with 11 on board

An Ilyushin Il-76 plane that has been engaged in the forest fire extinguishing operation in the Irkutsk region does not go on the air for a radio contact, a source in the regional emergencies services told TASS on Friday, TASS reports.

“The plane flew to extinguish a fire and in some time communication with it was lost,” the source said. Its search is now underway.

“At 05:34 am, Moscow time, the plane flew to the Bayanderovsky district of the Irkutsk region. At an altitude of 3,000 meters the radio contact with it was lost,” the source said.

“There were a total of 11 people on board – the crew and fire-fighting experts,” the source said.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s main department for the Irkutsk region confirmed that an Il-76 plane of the ministry went missing.

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