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Weather traps Russian investigators at Far East air crash site

(Xinhua)

15:42, August 16, 2011

VLADIVOSTOK, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- The investigators, who had worked on the site where a An-12 cargo plane crashed in Russia's Far East last week, were confined to the area due to poor weather conditions, local media reported on Tuesday.

The 40-member team of investigators, forensics and aviation experts are forced to remain in a tent camp some five km from the crash scene in the Omsukchan region as it rains heavily and the visibility is close to zero.

The Omsukchan region is a remote and hard-to-reach area in Russia's Far East.

The plane, flying from the city of Magadan to the Chukotka Autonomous Area in Russia's extreme northeast on Aug. 9, was carrying 11 people and around 16 tons of cargo when it crashed. All those onboard were killed.

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