Yuri Berg, governor of Orenburg Region, has thanked today rescuers who carried out rescue operation at the Saratov Airlines An-148 plane crash near the village of Stepanovskoye, Ramenskoye District, Moscow Region. The plane which carried 71 people crashed on 11 February 2018.
During the first day of the rescue operation rescuers searched for remains of the passengers and passed them on to representatives of the Investigative Committee. Employees of the Emergency Ministry examined an area of 50 ha, found over 4,700 fragments of the plane which were then transported to the Gromov Flight Research Institute in the town of Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, for examination by the Interstate Aviation Committee.
The main part of the operation was finished on 17 February. Representatives of expert services who worked at the crash site, drew a certificate according to which the area where the plane crashed was passed on to the administration of Ramenskoye District for further operations. At the same time, more search operations were planned on that area after the weather got better.
Following a request of the Investigative Committee, the team of the Russian Emergency Ministry examined the crash site once more. Relatives of the killed arrived at the site together with rescuers, investigators and governor of Orenburg Region.