70 survive A-310 crash in Russia

10th Jul 2006

Seventy people survived the A-310 crash in Irkutsk on Sunday, a source at the Irkutsk regional department of the Emergency Situations Ministry told the Itar-Tass news agency. “Fifty-eight people are in hospital, including 52 passengers, three crewmembers, two people who were not on the flight plan, and a woman without identification documents. Twelve people did not need any help,” the source said.

According to the updated information, the plane was carrying 204 people - 193 passengers, eight crewmembers and three people who were not on the flight plan.

It is yet unknown what happened to 12 people.

Chief of the Irkutsk territorial department of the Federal Security Service Sergei Koryakov, deputy head of the Ust-Ordynsky Buryat autonomous district administration Natalia Suvorova and writer Valentin Rasputin’s daughter Maria were passengers of the plane. They have not been found amongst the survivors.

One hundred and twenty-two bodies have been taken to the Irkutsk morgue, and the identification will start upon the arrival of families in Irkutsk. “Families will help to identify the bodies, so the process has been postponed until their arrival,” the source said.


All passengers of the crashed plane were insured, the Sibir Airline spokesman told Itar-Tass.

He said that the insurance policy covered passengers, the crew, baggage, the plane and liabilities to third persons.

“Insurance companies will start making payments after the end of the investigation,” he said.

The airline has booked tickets for families on the next three flights to Irkutsk. A charter flight may be organized if necessary.

The A-310 was given technical and pre-flight maintenance before it headed for Irkutsk, an airline source told Itar-Tass. He said that a weekly inspection of the plane was done on July 6, and, according to documents, it was ready to take off.


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