Saturday, July 21, 2018

Investigators look to penitentiaries near An-2 plane search area

Investigators working the criminal case connected with the missing An-2 plane in the Sverdlovsk region have asked for a list of penitentiaries in the search area.

Khatib Kashapov, an Orsk native, allegedly took off on an An-2 crop duster without permission in June. Criminal proceedings were opened over the plane's disappearance with up to 13 people on board who are still missing. Officials said the penitentiary information could help the case, Itar-Tass reports.

"This information might be helpful in the investigation into the criminal case opened over the disappearance of the An-2 crop duster," the Federal Penitentiary Service said, according to Itar-Tass.

A radio signal that may have come from the passengers of the An-2 was recently detected and reported by Valentin Degtyarov, a radio hobbyist. Degtyarov said the radio signal may have contained the word revolution. Municipality heads have been ordered to find out if a farm with the name revolution is located in their territories.

The Serov prosecutor's office, however, downplayed Degtyarov's discovery.

"Nobody has heard anything but noise in the radio message so far," a transport prosecutor said, according to Itar-Tass.

The passengers allegedly drank alcohol prior to boarding the plane in Serov. Multiple cars were left behind at the airfield. After takeoff, the passengers did not answer their mobile phones.