A helicopter carrying nine people has crashed in southeastern Siberia.
Russian Emergency Ministry officials say the MI-8 helicopter went missing on May 6 in Russia's Irkutsk Province while taking part in a flood rescue operation in the region's north.
Hours later, the helicopter’s wreckage was found.
Three crew members, five rescue officials, and the region's acting emergency situations chief, Stanislav Omelyanchik, were aboard the aircraft.
Rescue teams spotted bodies from the air, but it is not clear if all the people onboard were killed.
Officials say the rescue team will soon reach the helicopter's wreckage.
Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS, Reuters, AFP, and Interfax