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Bodies of all An-12 plane crash victims at Irkutsk found

December 27, 2013, 10:16 UTC+3 IRKUTSK
All the people who were on the An-12 plane — six crewmembers and three accompanying persons, were killed in the crash on December 26
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IRKUTSK, December 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Bodies of another four killed in the Antonov An-12 plane crash near Irkutsk have been found. They are not retrieved from the plane so far because of investigation actions, said Valentin Nelyubov, acting head of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry’s (EMERCOM) main department for the Irkutsk region.

“They are in the plane, the same as the flight recorders. They are not taken out as the investigative action is underway,” he said.

All the people who were on the An-12 plane — six crewmembers and three accompanying persons, were killed in the crash on December 26.

On the same day, five bodies were found.

The An-12 plane, owned by the Irkut Research and Production Corporation, was carrying aircraft components from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk. It crashed at about 21:45, local time, (12:45 GMT) in the area of the Batareinaya station of the East Siberian railway on December 26 during landing approach.

According to the investigation, at a distance of one kilometer to the landing strip the aircraft disappeared from the radars. When falling the plane, hitting with its wings the roofs of warehouses, was partially destroyed. All those on board were killed — six crewmembers and three accompanying persons. A criminal case was opened over the air crash on violation of the rules of aircraft traffic safety and operation resulting in the death of two and more persons through negligence (Article 263, part 3 of the Russian Criminal Code).

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