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Head of Investigative Committee allows runaway cleaned from debris of crashed Boeing

March 20, 14:06 UTC+3
The emergency committee said a special facility had been allocated at the airport
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ROSTOV-ON-DON, March 20. /TASS/. Head of Russia's Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin allowed to clear debris of crashed Boeing from the runway at the airport in Rostov-on-Don, representative of the local authorities Alexander Titov told reporters on Sunday.

"Head of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin ran a meeting at the airport in Rostov-on-Don, and after it allowed to clear the runway from debris of the plane," he said. "Now the investigators, the local authorities, the emergency and other services are heading for the accident site to see what equipment will be necessary there. It two hours we shall understand how much time the cleaning may take."

The emergency committee said a special facility had been allocated at the airport.

"The plane debris will be taken there, and there the plane will be re-shaped," a source said.

Earlier on Sunday, Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov said the main work at the crash site now is carried out by experts of the Investigative Committee and of the Interstate Aviation Committee, who "should approve beginning of repairing work."

"Today, during the daylight all necessary elements of the plane will be collected for a thorough analysis and for clearing out reasons of the accident," he said. "At about 6p.m. will begin works on the runway and also to restore the equipment, so that the airport could begin working on Monday morning."

The minister said the damage to the runway was not dramatic and the repairing will take about ten hours.

On Saturday, at 3:42 a.m. Moscow time (0:42 a.m. UTC), FlyDubai’s Boeing 737-800 crashed at Rostov-on-Don’s airport during a second attempt to land in complicated weather conditions (strong side wind and rain). The plane served regular Flight FZ 981 from Dubai. The passenger jet with capacity for 189 passengers had 62 people aboard, including the crew. None has survived. The investigation looks into several leads: a pilot error, a technical malfunction, bad weather conditions, and others.

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