Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Searchers comb rivers for missing Sverdlovsk plane

Policeman involved in the search operation for the missing An-2 airplane and its 13 people on board have combed 500 square kilometers along rivers in their attempt to find the aircraft.

A spokesman for the regional police department said on Wednesday that in the previous 24 hours, policeman combed more than 100 square kilometers along rivers looking for the plane. Approximately 1,500 people, 331 vehicles and 12 aircrafts are involved in the search, Itar-Tass reports.

"Today, police search parties are tasked to comb a forest along the Serov-Krasnoturyinsk highway," the spokesman said, according to Itar-Tass. "Each policemen will walk a territory of around 7.5 kilometers."

The plane disappeared on June 11 when an Orsk native took off in the An-2 crop duster without permission. The pilot was on board with 12 passengers, including a the chief of Serov's traffic police, a businessman, a traffic police officer, a salesman and a private bodyguard, among others.

"Today it is planned to make 17 survey flights to inspect an area of 28,400 square kilometers to the east, south and north of the town of Serov," a spokesman for the local emergency administration, said, according to Itar-Tass. "Rescuers are using echo-sounding devices in the Bogoslovsky pond. Ground search parties are combing areas around the settlement of Rudnichny, and a forest near Lake Shchuchye, the River Talma and the Katasmisnkiye bogs."

The search operation is also being conducted in the Chelyabinsk, Kurgan and Tyumen regions, along with the Khanty-Mansi autonomous area.