Helicopter with nine people on board crashes in Siberia
Nine people were feared dead when a Russian helicopter carrying government officials and two tons of explosives crashed in the remote Siberian region of Irkutsk on Monday, DPA reported.
The Mi-8 helicopter was carrying six Emergency Situations Ministry officials from the region and three crew members, the ministry said.
The officials had planned to fight floods by blasting away ice that had caused local rivers to swell.
Rescue workers spotted the wreckage and bodies, less than three hours after the helicopter failed to make radio contact, the Interfax news agency reported.
Media reports said the helicopter carried almost two tons of explosives. It was not immediately clear whether an explosion had caused the crash.