Taking of DNA samples to identify the killed in the Antonov An-148 plane crash in Moscow Region should be finished by 6 PM Moscow time, ordered Minister for Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov during this morning’s teleconference.
The decision to send a plane to Orsk carrying specialized medical crews to take DNA samples from victims’ relatives was taken the day before. The plane will also be carrying psychologists of the Emergency Ministry’s Center for Emergency Psychological Aid.
Mr. Puchkov pointed out that priority of all agencies involved in the relief operation is providing aid and support to all families of the dead and added that the SAR operation at the crash site is continued.
The An-148 of Saratov Airlines traveling from Moscow to Orsk disappeared from radar minutes after takeoff from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. Debris were found near the village of Stepanovskoye, Ramenskoye District. The plane was carrying 71 people, including 6 crew members.