Russia: 'To the very last, we thought not her,' prayed cousin of plane crash victim

SOT, reporter (Russian): “How did the relatives perceive this?” SOT, Anastasiya Koval, sister of victim (Russian): “At first, everyone was in shock. We thought that it was not her. Then when it was around 9 pm they realised that it was her.” The cousin of one of the Saratov Airlines plane crash victims spoke on Monday from Kolchugino, Vladimir Region about the moment they realised their loved... Еще one had died. Anastasiya Koval said that the whole family believed that Victoriya Koval was not dead till the very last moment. «At first, the surname was wrong, and we thought maybe this was not her, but another person,» explained Anastasiya. Victoriya Koval worked as a flight attendant at Saratov Airlines and according to her cousin, «was working without days off to help her family.” The airliner was heading to the city of Orsk when the crash occurred some 80 kilometres (50 miles) south-east of the capital. It went off the radar screens shortly after it had taken off from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, killing all 71 on board. The Russian EMERCOM says that 780 people and 178 equipment units are engaged in the investigation of the deadly crash.

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