During scheduled meeting of the working group of the Governmental Commission on emergency response participants clarified current situation at the airport of Rostov-on-Don and made reports on completed and planned efforts to mitigate the emergency.
The Emergencies Ministry in cooperation with such structures as the Ministry of Transport, the Federal Air Transport Agency, the Federal Transport Inspection Agency, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior are working on the scene of the accident. To organize relief operations in shifts, more personnel is involved into mitigation of the emergency. At the moment, about 850 people and 170 units of equipment are dealing with the accident.
Two airborne recorders were found at the crash site.
The Emergencies Ministry in cooperation with the coordinationCenter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized efforts to contact embassies of countries, citizens of which were either passengers or crewmembers.
According to precise data provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 17 people from foreign countries were on board of flight 981, including 11 passengers and 6 crewmembers.
All-round aid and support is being provided to the families of the killed by specialized groups.
Psychologists of the Emergencies Ministry are working with friends and relatives of the killed, about 150 people asked for help.
The Hot Line opened by the Emergencies Ministry because of the accident received about 800 calls.
The first Deputy of the Minister Vladimir Stepanov ordered to continue operations at the crash site in Rostov-on-Don during the night time. He also ordered to provide lighting of the scene of the accident and provide work in shifts for the rescuers.