MOSCOW: A Russian plane engaged in extinguishing a forest fire in Serbia lost contact with ground control.
The Russian IL-76 plane did not go on air for radio contact, a Russian news agency reported.
Search for the plane 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 radio contact with it was lost,” informed a source that the news agency cited.
Eleven people including the crew and fire fighting experts were on board missing plane.
The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s main department for the Irkutsk region confirmed that an Il-76 plane of the ministry went missing.