Saturday, September 23, 2017

Local medic picks up possible FM SOS signal from missing An-2 plane

Investigators in Russia's Sverdlovsk region are looking into information that an FM signal was picked up from the area where an An-2 plane went missing three months ago.

Sources say investigators have questioned a witness who presented audio recordings from a mobile phone and that specialists are checking the recording, Itar-Tass reports.

A local medic picked up the FM signal while listening to the radio on his mobile phone.

"Help us, we have two wounded people, bears will gorge us. We are empty, no bullets," the message allegedly said, according to Itar-Tass.

On June 11, an An-2 plane went missing with 13 people on board. Preliminary data said that Khatib Kashapov, a native of the town of Orsk in the Orenburg region, piloted the plane without permission.

The vehicle was owned by Avi Zov, a Chelyabinsk company. A criminal case was opened on charges of violating air traffic safety and aircraft operation rules that resulted in the death through negligence of one or more people, according to Itar-Tass.

A team of 35 people continues to search for the missing plane. An area of more than 2,500 square kilometers has been examined since June.