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Bodies of three people killed in Azerbaijani plane crash in Afghanistan handed over to their families

Baku. Farid Mirzayev – APA. The bodies of the three Azerbaijani crew members, who were killed after an An-12 cargo plane owned by Azerbaijan’s Silk Way crashed in Afghanistan, have been handed over the their families, Adalat Hasanov, director of the Azerbaijani Health Ministry’s Forensic Medical Examination and Pathological Anatomy Union, told APA on May 23.

He noted that the families of the victims have recognized their dead bodies.

 

The bodies of the other four (an Uzbek, a Ukrainian, and two Azerbaijanis) are together, Hasanov said, mentioning that the families of the Ukrainian citizens have not looked at their bodies but those of the others have. Nevertheless, it has not been possible to identify the bodies up to now.

 

“Blood samples were taken from the victims’ family members and genetic examination has been ongoing since. The bodies were all unidentifiable. The families have recognized the three of the bodies only for certain signs on them,” he added.

 

The aircraft of Azerbaijan’s Silk Way crashed while taking off at Afghanistan's Dwyer airport May 18, at 14:30 (UTC/GMT +4 hours).

 

The AN-12 was leased from Azerbaijan's Silk Way for cargo transportations in Afghanistan. The aircraft landed in the Dwyer airport after leaving Afghanistan's Bagram airfield and was flying to Mary, Turkmenistan, for refueling. There was no cargo on board.

 

There were nine crew members on board:

 

1. Rashid Shaydanov (Uzbek citizen), pilot

 

2. Altay Abdullayev (Azerbaijani citizen), co-pilot

 

3. Nazim Asadullayev (Azerbaijani citizen), navigator

 

4. Nadir Rzayev (Azerbaijani citizen), flight mechanic

 

5. Firdovsi Shahverdiyev (Azerbaijani citizen), radio operator

 

6. Azer Zulfiyev (Azerbaijani citizen), flight operator

 

7. Ruslan Zadnipryanets (Ukrainian citizen), technician

 

8. Andrey Ganzha (Ukrainian citizen), technician

 

9. Ramzi Aliyev (Ukrainian citizen), technician

 

According to the available information, Andrey Ganzha and Ramzi Aliyev survived the crash and their health condition is stable.

 

Azerbaijan's State Civil Aviation Administration established a commission to investigate the incident.

 

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