Criminal case opened over An-2 crash landing in Tuva

KRASNOYARSK, August 22 (Itar-Tass) —— The criminal case was opened over a crash landing of the An-2 airplane in the Todzhi district of Tuva under an article of the Criminal Code for violating the safety rules of the air traffic and the aircraft steering that entailed the death of a person through negligence, a source in the Western Siberian transport investigation department of the Investigation Committee told Itar-Tass on Monday.

The An-2 airplane, which had made a crash landing in Tuva, “was not registered and the flight was not scheduled.” The private woodcutting company Sayanian Cedar owned the airplane. According to preliminary reports, the airplane was en route from Petropavlovka to Toora-Kem and fell down on the island near the Choigan-Hol Lake, which is situated near the Sorug River.

According the latest reports of the republican emergency department, a person was killed and eight people were injured in the air crash. “Three people are in grave condition,” the source said.

A helicopter Mi-8 with three rescuers onboard flied to the An-2 crash site in the Todzhi district of Tuva. “The rescuers are helping the injured people, after that the helicopter will fly to Kyzyl,” Tuva duty emergency officer Viktor Vinichenko told Itar-Tass.

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