Saturday, August 19, 2017

Search for missing An-2 plane continues in Sverdlovsk region

Fourteen aircraft and 1,300 people have come together to look for the An-2 airplane that went missing in the Sverdlovsk region on June 11.

Rescuers from several regions have already combed more than 90,000 kilometers in the region, Itar-Tass reports.

"The search operation has been extended to the territory of the neighboring Khanty-Mansi autonomous area, Perm Territory, Tyumen region, and the republic of Komi," a spokesman for the search said, adding that airplanes and helicopters have joined the search, Itar-Tass reports.

Valery Gorelykh of the Sverdlovsk region police department said that the plane may have taken off for Verkhoturye to make a flight over local churches and monasteries.

A criminal case was opened following the disappearance on charges of violations of air traffic safety and aircraft operation rules that resulted in death through negligence. Preliminary data said that on the evening of June 11, Khatib Kashapov piloted the crop-duster An-2 without permission and with 12 passengers onboard, including the chief of Serov's traffic police, a traffic police officer, an officer of a private bodyguard company, a businessman, a salesman from a telecom shop and others, Itar-Tass reports.