Sunday, June 17, 2018

Lost An-2 plane may have landed in the taiga due to natural anomalies

The pilot of the missing An-2 airplane may have been driven off course by the impact of magnetic fields on the plane's compass needle, according to Gennady Chechurin, a renowned Arctic explorer Gennady Chechurin who has been enlisted to help rescuers.

Chechurin said that close-to-surface deposits of minerals impact the magnetic field and may have driven the compass needle off its natural course by 30 to 40 degrees. Additionally, the sun goes down in the north in the area, which is also usually blanketed with clouds due to springs and lakes located at a high altitude, Itar-Tass reports.

"I am sure the experienced pilot made a safe landing," Chechurin said, according to Itar-Tass. "There are much berries and mushrooms in the taiga now, and the weather is rather warm. People can live in such conditions for several days. Let us hope for the better."

Rescuers refuted media allegations that the plane may have been shot down by the military after trespassing into a secret military base, citing specific military protocol for such situations and the absence of any bases in the area where the plane was lost.

The plane, piloted by Khatib Kashapov of the town of Orsk, went missing on the evening of June 11.