On the fact of an accident in the Irkutsk region, a criminal case was initiated “on violation of safety rules and operation of air transport”.
A source in the power structures of the region told ITAR-TASS that among the people on board were three crew members, four EMERCOM employees, including the acting. Stanislav Omelyanchik, Head of the Main Department of Emergency Situations in the Irkutsk Region According to Interfax, the chief specialist of GO ChSiPB of the Irkutsk Region, Igor Chekrygin and rescuers also flew on the Mi-8. In addition, the helicopter transported tons of ammonite explosives 1,9 for blasting to eliminate the ice jam.
The helicopter that crashed on Monday in the Irkutsk region with rescuers of the Ministry of Emergency Situations on board could have exploded, Sergey Aleksandrov, the chief of the emergency services of the Irkutsk region, told reporters by telephone. “The flash was seen from the second helicopter, and at first it was interpreted as an explosion during the flood control works. Then they noticed that it was out of the way and compared this fact with the loss of the helicopter,” said Alexander Alexandrov. He stressed that it is too early to say whether a helicopter exploded in the air or when it hit the ground during a crash.
The fact that communication with the Mi-8 helicopter, which monitored the flood situation, lost communication, journalists were previously told in the Information Administration of the EMERCOM of Russia. At present, the search and rescue operation has been suspended, since it is already night in the Irkutsk Region and it will resume during daylight hours. "Until those debris that could be found from the air Emergency Situations Ministry, no one has got," - said Kalush.
The helicopter was operating on the Lower Tunguska River when a sharp rise in water level occurred, exceeding the critical level in 890, see. As a result of the blasting, the ice jam was eliminated, there was a steady decrease in the water level in the area of the Preobrazhenka settlement, the Emergencies Ministry said.
According to ITAR-TASS, a source among security officials, after working in Nizhny Tunguska, the helicopter was sent to refuel 50 km from Preobrazhenka. "After he flew about 40 km, the connection with him disappeared," the agency’s source explained.
Airline "Angara" is engaged in the transportation of people, delivery of cargo and mail to hard-to-reach places of the Siberian Federal District. The airline also carries out transport work for the oil and gas organizations of the district, and also, under an agreement with the government of the Irkutsk region, provides transport links to the Katana and Nizhneudinsky districts. The airline’s helicopter fleet consists of X-NUMX Mi-12 helicopters, including the Mi-8Т transport, Mi-8-passenger, Mi-8 MTV.