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Wreckage Of Missing Russian Plane Found

Aviation officials in Russia say they have found the wreckage of a plane that went missing in the Sverdlovsk region in June 2012.

The Federal Air Transport Agency says the Antonov light aircraft was discovered by hunters nose down in a swamp in a forest eight kilometers from the airstrip in Serov where it took off last year.

The plane disappeared shortly after an unauthorized takeoff, with 12 people on board, including the pilot and the city’s traffic police chief.

Investigators at the time suggested the group had been drinking and was using the plane to take an impromptu fishing trip.

The Emergency Situations Ministry has confirmed finding the remains of 11 of the crash victims.

Russia and the former Soviet republics have some of the world’s worst air-safety records.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Interfax

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