Saturday, January 20, 2018

Aerial search for missing An-2 plane ends

The aerial search for the An-2 airplane that went missing in June has ended, according to the Sverdlovsk regional government.

"[Thep] aerial search for the missing An-2 plane were stopped after permanent snow cover set in in the area and air temperatures dropped below zero. The ground search operation might soon be stopped as well," the press service said, Itar-Tass reports.

The search operation is still continuing, however, with 60 rescuers and 46 more in a standby regime.

"Ground parties of rescuers and policemen use KAMAZ trucks and UAZ off-roadsters to comb an area near the settlement of Cherny Yar, west of the village of Veselovka and Vasilyevsky Kamen mount. Since June, ground search parties have walked down about 3,000 square kilometers," a ministry spokesman said, according to Itar-Tass.

The search has surveyed 300,000 square kilometers, going over 115,000 square kilometers more than once.

Pilot Khatib Kashapov took the crop-duster without permission on June 11 with 12 passengers on board. A criminal case was opened following the plane's disappearance on charges of violations of air traffic safety and aircraft operation rules that resulted in the death through negligence of one or more people.