MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The communication with a Mi-8 helicopter, which was carrying out a geological survey in the eastern Russian Irkutsk Region, was lost on Sunday, a representative of the regional emergencies services told Sputnik.
«The Mi-8 left [town of] Ust-Kut to carry out the geological survey. The crew failed to make contact at the set time,» the representative of the regional emergencies services said.
He pointed out that three people had been on board the helicopter.
«The Mi-8 flew out of Ust-Kut and had to return back, but did not return, and did not get in touch. The search is conducted by the forces of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations,» the press service official said.
The Mi-8 helicopter belongs to the Angara air company.
The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency has organized a search for the helicopter with the participation of the other Mi-8 helicopter.
Further details of the incident remain unknown.