Saturday, June 23, 2018

Possible missing An-2 location searched, nothing found

An area identified by an amateur radio operator as the location of an SOS signal from a missing An-2 plane has been searched with nothing found.

An area of the Lifty village downstream from the Sosva River was searched in a 20 kilometer radius. Another location south of the Gari town, identified by the same man, was searched earlier, Itar-Tass reports.

Neither the plane nor the missing people have been found. The Sverdlovsk regional emergency situations department said that the search, however, will continue.

Amateur radio operator Valentin Degtyaryov's recordings did not contain coherent words or phrases, according to Vladimir Kulakov, the acting head of the Urals transport investigative department of the Russia Investigation Committee.

Khatip Kashapov allegedly piloted the An-2 plane without permission, with up to 12 passengers on board. A criminal case was opened on the counts of air traffic violation causing two or more deaths by negligence, Itar-Tass reports.

More than 2,500 kilometers have been walked through by land parties since the search for the missing plane began.