Saturday, September 23, 2017

Approximately 2,000 people continue An-2 plane search

Approximately 2,000 people are continuing the search for the Antonov An-2 plane that went missing on June 11 in the Sverdlovsk region, according to the region's emergency situations department.

The search parties have made several discoveries, including fragments of a different An-2 plane that went missing six years ago and a Mil Mi-8 helicopter, but there is still no sign of the plane in question. The plane was carrying 12 passengers and took off without a permit three weeks ago, Itar-Tass reports.

With weather brightening, aerial monitoring and a land search has been conducted and some areas are being searched again. The search is taking place in the Tyumen, Kurgan and Chelyabinsk regions along with the Khanty-Mansi autonomous district.

Additionally, a criminal case has been opened on the counts of breaching air transport security, leading to two or more deaths by negligence, according to Itar-Tass.

Earlier reports of the search said that the effort has involved 13 aircraft and 145,000 square kilometers searched throughout the Sverdlovsk region.

The plane took off on June 11 from Serov, with multiple cars left behind at the airfield. The passengers on the flight may include Serov's road police chief, a road policeman, a guard, a pensioner, a businessman, a mobile phone salesman and others.