Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Criminal proceedings launched following plane's disappearance

Criminal proceedings have begun following the disappearance of an Antonov An-2 plane with eight passengers on board.

The case was opened under the criminal code article on "violation of aircraft operation regulations and traffic rules, which resulted in the death of two or more persons by negligence," Itar-Tass reports.

"As of now, the investigators have finished the inspection of the landing ground in the city of Serov," an official told Itar-Tass. "They have retrieved the flight and maintenance logs. There are four main versions: technical failure, violation of air traffic rules or aircraft operation regulations, hijacking and poor weather conditions. As of now, five landing areas have been inspected. The search for the plane is continuing."

A group of people are believed to have consumer alcohol before boarding the plane on June 11. The group is believed to have possibly been attempting to go fishing or to have attempted to fly to a sauna in a neighboring region.

Khatib Kashapov is believed to have taken off in the plan, which belongs to Avi Zov, a Chelyabinsk-based company.

"It can have up to eight persons on board, including the Serov road police chief, a road policeman, a guard, a pensioner, an businessman, a mobile phone seller and others," Valery Gorelykh, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry's regional department, said, according to Itar-Tass. "Taking part in the rescue efforts are 73 police, seven personnel of the Emergency Situations Ministry, two aircraft and a Mi-8 helicopter."