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Brother of sole survivor on details of plane crash in Zhambyl Oblast 26 января 2015, 15:56

Azamat Shayakhmetov, a brother of the only survivor in the crash of the AN-2 in Kazakhstan's Zhambyl Oblast, has shared the details of the crash that he learned from his sister.
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Azamat Shayakhmetov, a brother of the only survivor in the crash of the AN-2 in Zhambyl Oblast in Kazakhstan Asem Shayakhmetova, has shared the details of the crash that he learned from his sister, Tengrinews reports. 

“She is conscious now. She can speak and understand everything. She says that she was sitting in the plane near the front door, the only seat that remained intact. 'When I came to myself', she said, 'I saw a mechanic lying next to me. I started screaming for help'. Then she says she saw Director General (Gabit Toleubayev), she called out to him, but he did not respond. She says that the snow was one meter depth, she began to dig it to get out," Azamat Shayakhmetov told a Tengrinews journalist.

Then Asem managed to take get a phone from a pocket of one of the men killed in that crash. It was 3.50 pm. She called the rescuers. Asem was found later, at around 5.40 pm. and was taken to to a hospital in nearby Shu town at 7 pm, her brother continued.

All people on the board were sleeping during the flight, Asem said. “She says she woke up from a blow. She does not remember anything including how they started falling,” her brother continued.

Asem was found in a very bad shape, with a pelvic fracture, broken legs and ribs, multiple injuries and a brain concussion. She was first operated in Zhambyl Oblast where her fractured bones were realigned and she got some anti-shock treatment.

After her condition became more stable, she was transported by air to Astana.

Young woman needed a lot of blood and although she has rare fourth (AB) blood group many people including her colleagues from Kazakhmys, friends and other Kazakhstanis donated blood for her.

The blood donations are currently enough for Asem to undergo another surgery this Tuesday. The doctors are now monitoring her condition very closely.

“We are all happy that she is alive. She is telling the doctors ‘I will get better in three months, and in three months I will go to work',” Azamat said. 

“She has always been like that – a positive, energetic and cheerful person,” Azamat said.

Meanwhile, the doctors in Astana promised to put the patient back on her feet in about three weeks. A complete recovery may take a year, they said.

The AN-2 airplane crashed in Zhambyl Oblast in Kazakhstan's south on January 20 at 3:40 pm. The plane was carrying 7 people: four from Kazakhmys mining company and three plane crew members. The crash site was located by the rescue teams only at 5 pm.

The plane of Olymp Air LLP was hired by Kazakhmys company to make a flyover of its mines in Zhambyl Oblast. The plane took off from Balkhash town and was heading towards Shaturkul mine. The tragedy occurred near Shaturkol mine, located not far from Satgul Lake in Shu region 300 km away from Taraz city and about 60 km away from Shu town when the airplane was approaching to land.

Three employees of Kazakhmys company who died are: Director of the Technical Development Department of Kazakhmys G.T. Tleubayev, Chief Mechanic of BakhashTsvetMet Operating Department E.B. Ibrayev, and Head of the Department for Technical and Investment Planning of BakhashTsvetMet Operating Department U.Kh. Yesmaganbetova. The three deceased crew members are: Command pilot V.G. Klyushov, Second pilot V.P. Savelyev, and Flight engineer V.I. Litvinov.

An investigation of the causes of the crash, which is conducted by a special commission headed by First Vice-Minister for Investment and Development Zhenis Kasymbek, is still underway.  Three versions of the crash are being considered: weather conditions, human error and aircraft’s mechanical failure.

Reporting by Aidana Usupova, writing by Assel Satubaldina


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