Russia hunts for body fragments, clues after fatal plane crash

UNTV News   •   February 12, 2018   •   2721

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry members work at the crash site of the short-haul AN-148 airplane operated by Saratov Airlines in Moscow Region, Russia February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Emergency workers in Russia searched snow-covered fields outside Moscow on Monday, looking for body fragments and clues after a fatal plane crash a day earlier killed all 71 people on board.

President Vladimir Putin has ordered a special commission to investigate what caused the AN-148 plane operated by Saratov Airlines to crash outside Moscow shortly after taking off for the city of Orsk in the Orenburg region, about 900 miles (1,500 km) southeast of the capital.

Among the possible causes investigators are looking into are weather conditions, human error and the plane’s technical condition. The plane’s crew did not send any distress signals.

Experts are analyzing a flight recorder recovered in the wreckage as well as plane fragments. Footage from a CCTV camera which captured some of what happened was posted online on Monday. It showed what looked like a large ball of fire streaking through the sky.

Debris and human remains are spread over a radius of a kilometer around the crash site, investigators have said.

Officials from Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry told a meeting broadcast on state TV on Monday that DNA tests were being organized with the relatives of those killed to try to identify body fragments.

The plane, manufactured in 2010, had been carrying 65 passengers and six crew. The passenger list showed many young people were on board, including a five-year-old girl.

Reporting by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Jack Stubbs

Seven die in Colombia plane crash

UNTV News   •   September 16, 2019

A small plane crashed near the southwestern Colombian city of Popayan on Sunday (September 15), killing seven of the nine passengers aboard, the city’s mayor and the country’s civil aviation authority said.

The incident occurred just a few minutes after the aircraft, owned by a small local company, took off from the airport in Popayan, a city of about 270,000 surrounded by mountains. The other two passengers were injured and were being treated at a hospital, Police Chief Fabian Cardenas told the media.

Video footage showed parts of the airplane scattered on top of houses in the area. Colombia’s civil aviation authority said in a statement it was investigating the cause. (REUTERS)

Duterte visits wake of pilots in Laguna plane crash

Robie de Guzman   •   September 6, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte commiserates with the family of the late First Officer Lino Cruz III as he visits the wake at the Loyola Memorial Park in Parañaque City on September 5, 2019. Cruz was the co-pilot of the Beechcraft King Air 350 with registry number RP-C2296 that crashed in Calamba City, Laguna last September 1. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday paid his last respects to the pilots who died in a plane crash in Calamba, Laguna last Sept. 1.

Photos released by Malacañang on Friday showed Duterte visiting the wake of Captain Jesus Hernandez and First Officer Lino Cruz III at the Loyola Memorial Park in Parañaque City.

Hernandez and Cruz were among the nine fatalities from the medical evacuation aircraft which crashed into a resort in Calamba City.

The Beechcraft King Air 350 light aircraft with registry number RP-C2296 was transporting a patient from Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte to Manila when it lost radar contact at around 3:10 p.m.

Witnesses to the incident said parts of the airplane were already disintegrating before it crashed into the ground.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said it is already in possession of the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder of Lion Air 350, and the investigation is underway.

Nine killed in plane crash during skydiving trip in Sweden

Robie de Guzman   •   July 15, 2019

Mobile phone footage of plane crashing near river | Courtesy: Reuters footage

Nine Swedes were killed on Sunday (July 14) when their plane crashed during a skydiving trip near Umea, a small university city in northern Sweden.

The small plane designed to carry parachutists crashed on an island on the Ume river shortly after take-off, police spokesman Peder Jonsson said.

Those on board were on a skydiving trip.

The police said that all the victims were Swedish, with one person holding dual citizenship. The names of the victims have not been disclosed.

Authorities said the cause of the accident was not yet known.

The region’s main University Hospital of Umea confirmed there were no survivors and relatives of the deceased had been notified. (REUTERS)

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