The Russian Emergency Ministry has doubled its team working at the Antonov An-148 plane crash site in Ramenskoye District, in Moscow Region, bringing its number to over 300 people.
By now rescuers have found two bodies and a flight data recorder. The site has been cordoned off. Some additional light towers are being installed so that the rescue operation can proceed into night.
Emergency Minister Vladimir Puchkov has ordered that all necessary help should be provided to families of the plane crash victims.
“I am asking to provide aid and support to victims’ relatives, to have medical crews and other staff on duty for those who need them. I am asking you to help to accommodate them and provide them with food,” Mr. Puchkov said.
The Minister also tasked Emergency Ministry’s psychologists with attending to the victims’ relatives.
The Antonov An-148 plane of Saratov Airlines travelling from Moscow to Orsk disappeared from radar on 11 February shortly after takeoff from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. According to preliminary data, the plane took off at 2:24 PM Moscow time and disappeared from radar and came down at 2:28 PM Moscow time.
Debris were found near the village of Stepanovskoye, Ramenskoye District in Moscow Region. The plane was carrying 65 passengers and 6 crew members.