Friday, December 15, 2017

Search for missing plane to continue until it is found

Yevgeny Kuivashev, the governor of Russia's Sverdlovsk region, announced on Tuesday that the search for the missing An-2 airplane with eight passengers on board will go on until the plane is found.

Kuivashev ordered an allocation of the necessary funds from the regional budget to finance the operation at a meeting of the search operation headquarters, Itar-Tass reports.

"The most important thing is to find the people," Kuivashev said, while also urging a probe into the disappearance, according to Itar-Tass.

Military aircraft from the defense ministry have been called in to aid the search while rescuers from the neighboring regions of the republic of Komi, the Perm Territory, the Khanty-Mansi autonomous area and the Tomsk region have also started searching.

Andrei Zalensky, the head of the Sverdlovsk regional emergencies, said that the search has been complicated by poor weather in the hard-to-reach mountainous areas.

"The overall search area is about 160,000 square kilometers," Zalensky said, Itar-Tass reports. "As of now, more than 50,000 square kilometers have been combed. Rescuers have checked about 2,000 settlements, 178 hunting and 145 forestry farms, 295 fishing places, about 15,000 people have been interrogated. The search operation involves three helicopters and two airplanes."