A private Robinson helicopter that went missing on Saturday morning in the Republic of Khakassia, Russia, was found, The Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in the region.
“The helicopter was found, the pilot is alive and well, the helicopter is half in the water,” the source said.
Information about what exactly happened to the helicopter is not yet available.
A source told Interfax that "the helicopter was found in the floodplain of the Bolshoy Abakan River.
“It's destroyed. From the air, two people are visible next to the helicopter,” he said.
On Saturday, the Robinson 44 helicopter took off from the territory of the ski base in the area of Lake Teletskoye, after which it made a hard landing in the area of the Bolshoy Abakan River in the Republic of Khakassia. The aircraft was found by rescuers in a position on its side, while the tail section was in the river. Information about the number of people on board and the injured is being specified.
An investigation team has now left for the scene. A complex of investigative and procedural actions aimed at establishing all the circumstances of the incident is being carried out. The investigation is ongoing.
The fact that the Robinson helicopter disappeared in Khakassia was reported earlier to the agency in the unified duty dispatch service.