RF EMERGENCY SITUATIONS SERVICE: SEARCH OPERATIONS WHERE A320 CRASHED HELD IN TWO DIRECTIONS

Moscow, May 4. ArmInfo-RBC. Search operations in the area of the crash
in the Black Sea will be in two directions: at the spot and in the
bottom, Andrey Legoshin, Deputy Head of Russian ESS Operative Office,
told journalists.

A special a deep-sea robot was to be used to try to recover the
plane's recorders, after the fuselage is found. The search operations
are coordinated by helicopters. Search and rescue teams had pulled
48 bodies from the water, 20 bodies were identified, including
a stewardess.

To recap, the wrecked Airbus A- 320 was carrying out U 8967 fight
Yerevan-Sochi. French specialists of Airbus Industry concern also
arrived in the place. Besides, the sonar system and deep-sea devices
were assembled. Investigation group of RF Prosecutor General's Office
(PGO) headed by Vladimir Lisenko, Head of the RF PGP Department for
Investigation of Special Cases, is in the place of the crash. Besides,
arriving in the disaster place were Deputy Prosecutor General of RF
Nikolay Shepel, Krasnodar Regional Prosecutor Sergey Yeremin, and
other officials of the region. Preliminary data say that all the
133 passengers and the crew of Airbus A320 that crashed into the
Black Sea were killed. Among them were 26 citizens of Russia, one
citizen of Ukriane. Krasnodar Regional Prosecutor's Office initiated
a criminal case on the Article 263.3 of RF Criminal Code (violation
of safe transportation and air transport exploitation rules resulting
in death of two and more people).