Wreckage of missing Il-76 found on Siberian hillside

Russia´s Interstate Aviation Committee and the federal Investigative Committee have supported the crash inquiry of an Ilyushin Il-76 transport that vanished while conducting firefighting operations in the Irkutsk region, the committees said.

Search teams in Siberia have found the wreckage of the flight and according to the Russian emergency situations ministry, the aircraft, discovered on July 3, has been destroyed.

The ministry has not indicated whether there are any survivors among the 10 crew on board the jet when it disappeared on 1 July. It states that the wreckage is located in the Kachugsky district in the southern part of the Irkutsk oblast.

The ministry says the aircraft was found on the slope of a hill, some 9km east-south-east of a village called Ribniy Uyan, by teams from the ministry´s specialised mobile rescue division Centrospas as well as the Russian aerial forestry protection service.

The Investigative Committee says the aircraft departed from an airport in the Usolsky district, in the far south of the Irkutsk oblast, on 1 July, in order to attend the Kachugsky wildfires.