A group of divers from the specialized fire and rescue unit of the Russian Emergencies Ministry began to survey the seabed of the territory adjacent to the crash site of the An-26 aircraft in Kamchatka. This was announced on Thursday, July 8, the press service of the department.
It is noted that the group is equipped with hydraulic tools and modern equipment for conducting prospecting work in the water areas. The main task of the divers is to search for the flight recorders of the crashed plane and the bodies of the dead.
Also, if fragments of the aircraft fuselage are detected, divers will need to hook them with a cable for further lifting out of the water.
Search work continues on the ground. It is noted that the ground group of rescuers has already surveyed 17.5 square meters. km of the coastal zone and 4.2 sq. km of mountainous terrain. The psychologists of the department on the hotline provide assistance to the relatives of the victims.
The fact that the rescuers are returning to the crash site of the An-26 due to the improvement in weather conditions was reported earlier on the same day.
On the morning of July 6, communication with the An-26, which was heading on the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky-Palana flight, was interrupted 10 km from the destination. On board the crashed plane were 28 people, including six crew members. According to the passenger list, among them were four employees of the Palana administration, as well as two children.
During the search and rescue operations, the wreckage of the aircraft was found.
As specified in the Pacific Fleet, which participated in the search, one part of the An-26 fuselage was on the slope of the Pyatibratka hill, and the second was seen at sea about 4 km from the coast. None of those on board the plane survived.
The next day, the remains of 19 people, including two children, were found at the crash site.
At the same time, the head of the Russian Ministry of Transport, Vitaly Savelyev, said that unfavorable weather conditions, equipment failure and crew error were considered as possible reasons for the plane crash.
After the incident, a criminal case was initiated. The Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) has formed a commission to investigate the incident. In addition, a special commission under the leadership of the head of the Ministry of Transport was formed on behalf of Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.