Nine people were on board the An-12 aircraft, wrecked in the Irkutsk region on November 3, said the first deputy head of the main department of the Ministry of Emergencies for the region Andrei Ryabovolov at a meeting of the commission on emergency situations.
“According to the updated information received from the representative of the Grodno airline, there were nine people on board the aircraft, including five crew members and four people accompanying the cargo,” quotes Ryabovolov “Interfax”. Earlier it was reported that there were from two to seven people on the plane.
During the search and rescue operations, the bodies of six people were found. The remains were delivered to the Irkutsk Regional Bureau of Forensic Medicine.
Of the nine people on board, four are citizens of the Russian Federation, three are citizens of Belarus and two are citizens of Ukraine.
According to Ryabovolov, 296 people and 76 pieces of equipment were involved in eliminating the consequences of the plane crash.
An An-12 cargo aircraft belonging to the Belarusian Grodno airline crashed at about 15:00 on November 3 while landing 7 km from Irkutsk. The plane flew on the Keperveem-Yakutsk-Irkutsk route. The aircraft transported food and consumer goods to the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug and returned to the base airport.
After the plane crash, the RF IC opened a criminal case under Part 3 of Art. 263 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (violation of traffic safety rules and the operation of air transport). “Two recorders were found at the site of the An-12 crash. Speech withdrawn, parametric in the tail part is not yet available “, – said RIA Novosti is a representative of the East Siberian Transport Prosecutor’s Office.
The versions are being considered that piloting errors, unfavorable weather conditions or technical malfunction of the aircraft led to the crash of the aircraft. In particular, during the go-around approach, the plane could get caught in freezing rain, due to which the steering wheel and wing mechanization elements froze over. This version is supported by the initial analysis of the recorder.
In addition, before leaving Chukotka, the plane did not undergo anti-ice treatment, a source told RIA Novosti at the airport of departure. “Ice does not form in our country: subzero temperatures, there are no such temperature drops,” the source said.