Search for bodies of victims of Russian air crash expected to last a week

Debris of the crashed Russian Saratov Airlines Antonov AN-148 passenger plane lies in the snow near the Stepanovskoy village in Russia, on Feb 11, 2018.
Debris of the crashed Russian Saratov Airlines Antonov AN-148 passenger plane lies in the snow near the Stepanovskoy village in Russia, on Feb 11, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

MOSCOW (BERNAMA) - The search for the bodies of victims killed in the crash of a Russian passenger plane on Sunday (Feb 11) is expected to last a week, Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said on Monday.

"Yesterday, the director of our federal centre for forensic science arrived at the incident site, the collection of mortal remains of those deceased was organised. This process is quite long, the remains will be collected for about 7 days," Ms Skvortsova told Sputnik news agency.

The crash left all 65 passengers and six crewmembers aboard the ill-fated flight dead.

The second flight recorder from the Saratov Airlines plane has been recovered from the crash site and its flight recorder is in satisfactory condition, according to the Russian authorities.

The Antonov-148 aircraft was en route from Domodedovo Airport in Moscow to Orsk, in the Orenburg Region of western Russia, but crashed within minutes of take-off. Debris from the flight and bodies have been found near the village of Argunovo.