Moscow (February 13, 2018): Emergency workers have found around 200 body parts strewn across a snowy field near Moscow at the site of a Russian plane crash that killed all 71 people aboard.
The body parts found among and around the wreckage of the Saratov Airlines plane will be removed by Monday evening as a team of 600 continue to comb the area with the help of search aircraft, a Russian emergency ministry spokesman said.An Investigative Committee of Russia spokeswoman said earlier that the body parts and plane fragments had spread over an expansive area.
“The scatter of fragments of the aircraft and bodies of dead passengers occupies a large territory; the radius is not less than 1 kilometer (0.6 miles),” said the spokeswoman, Svetlana Petrenko.The flight disappeared from radar shortly after taking off from Domodedovo Airport in the greater Moscow region Sunday and crashed southeast of the airport in Ramenskoye District.
Officials said both of the plane’s flight recorders had been recovered but have not given any details of what they have revealed or what the cause of the crash may be.
The Antonov An-148 was bound for the Russian city of Orsk near the border with Kazakhstan. There were 65 passengers and six crew onboard, included three children, aged 5, 13 and 17.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gave “deep condolences to all those who lost relatives and friends in this disaster,” his spokesman Dmitry Peskov told state media.
Officials have launched a criminal investigation into the crash and all possible causes are being explored, said the Investigative Committee’s Petrenko.