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YAROSLAVL, September 8 (Itar-Tass) —— All people found dead after the air crash of an airplane Yak-42 near Yaroslavl were brought to the mortuary. Some 19 victims were identified, Deputy Transport Minister Valery Okulov told reporters on Thursday.
He noted that some parts of the airplane were already lifted; the tail part is still underwater. “We hope to lift it before the dark fall,” Okulov said.
The deputy minister told reporters about the fuel quality that the fuel test results had not been received yet. He elaborated that this test usually takes about two days.
The deputy transport minister also noted that two flight recorders were found, but they were not lifted yet. Okulov added that the found cassette “is most likely the backup one rather than a cassette of the flight recorder.” “The flight record book was not found,” he added. In reply to a journalist’s question whether the looters could steal the flight record book from the air crash site the deputy minister said, “The cordons were placed quite urgently, but it is hard to find what happened before this.
The airplane Yak-42 crashed at 4.05 p.m. Moscow time on Wednesday near Yaroslavl. The airplane was carrying the ice hockey team Lokomotiv to Belarus for a match with Dynamo Minsk scheduled for Thursday. Only a striker Alexander Galimov and a steward Alexander Sizov survived from 45 people. Galimov is in a severe condition. He has 90% of skin burns. Sizov is in a grave condition. A criminal case was opened over the air crash.