Moscow: At least four people have been confirmed dead after a helicopter crashed near an airfield in Russia`s Far East Yakutia region, UTair airlines said Wednesday.
The Eurocopter AS350 helicopter belonged to UTair airlines.
"The AS350 that went down took off from Lensk (town) with two passengers, a pilot and a mechanic on board. After four minutes, contact was lost with the aircraft. A rescue operation is underway. All on board are dead," the company`s press service told RIA Novosti.
"The helicopter took off from Lensk at 12.07 p.m. (local time)...," Russia`s civil aviation authority Rosaviatsia said.
The local emergencies ministry said it had located the wreckage of the single-engine from the air at 4.40 p.m. Moscow time, four kilometres from Lensk Airport.