Expert examinations in An-12 crash investigation to take months

KHABAROVSK, August 19 (Itar-Tass) —— The causes of the An-12 plane crash in the Kolyma area will be established after many examinations and an analysis of the evidence, a spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee’s Far Eastern transport investigative department, Natalia Salkina, said on Friday, noting that the examinations would establish details of the piloting, servicing and operating of the aircraft.

The examinations of plane fragments will begin next week. The complicated and large-volume work will take several months, she said.

Some evidence pieces have been taken to Khabarovsk, where investigation work will be conducted. Such work will be also conducted in Komsomolsk-on-Amur and the Magadan Region, the source said.

The found An-12 flight recorders and the plane log are handed over to the Interstate Aviation Commission for the investigation.

The An-12 transport plane leased by the Khabarovsk company Avis-Amur from the KNNAAPO company was on a flight between Komsomolsk-on-Amur and Kepervei, Chukotka, with a landing at Magadan for refueling. After the takeoff from Magadan, the plane captain asked for an emergency landing as one of the engines was burning. The plane fell in the mountains, 82 kilometres away from the settlement of Omsukchan. The crash killed all the eleven people aboard.

A criminal case has been opened over the crash. The investigation is continuing. Genetic examinations will be conducted to identify the victims.


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