Thursday, December 14, 2017

New figures report 13 people on missing airplane

Andrei Zalensky, the head of the Sverdlovsk regional emergencies administration, citing verified data, confirmed that 13 people was onboard the missing An-2 airplane.

Earlier reports said that only eight people were on the plane, but Zalensky confirmed that 12 people and a pilot are missing with the plane, Itar-Tass reports.

Zalensky cited unfavorable weather as one reason for not finding the missing plane yet. Stormy weather has made mountainous area searches next o impossible and there is little information on where the plane was heading when it was lost.

To hasten the search, military aircraft will be brought in, with Sverdlovsk region governor Yevgeny Kuyaishev filing a request with the defense ministry for aid. Kuyaishev also called on rescuers from neighboring regions to join the search, according to Itar-Tass.

Zalensky added that more Mi08 helicopters will be used in the search and that areas checked by volunteers and police will be re-investigated.

"The overall search area is about 160,000 square kilometers. 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," Zalensky said, Itar-Tass reports.