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 has told International media a short while ago.
The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s main department for the Irkutsk region confirmed that an Il-76 plane of the ministry went missing.
"The plane flew to extinguish a fire and in some time communication with it was lost," the source has 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 has added.
Russian media state that aircraft, including several Yakovlev Yak planes, have been sent to the Kachugsky district search for the missing plane.