posted on Jun, 15 2012 @ 02:22 AM
Further info from the BBC,
Between nine and 13 people are said to be on the plane, including the town's chief of traffic police. They took off at 23:00 (17:00 GMT) on
Monday night, the Russian news website vesti.ru reports. The plane's co-pilot and mechanic discovered the plane was missing after returning from a
visit to the town. Three of the revellers' cars were found at the scene. The plane is not fitted with radio and the pilot's mobile phone has not
Unconfirmed reports say the party had decided either to go on a fishing trip or to have a steam bath. The pilot, Khatip Kashapov, has more than 20
years' flying experience and is described by his company as "very experienced and disciplined". He and his crew had flown to Serov from the city of
Orenburg and had been given a three-day break before starting their forest fire monitoring duties.
According to the lenta.ru news website, the aerodrome outside Serov, a town of nearly 100,000 people, is rarely used and has been "semi-abandoned".
The aerodrome was only too happy to see the biplane arriving, said its director, Valentina Soboleva, whose husband Yury Sobolev is among those
If you go to the link^ you can see the plane they used, looks ridiculously old. It doesn't even possess a fitted radio! Some really quite terrible
decision making getting on that plane no matter how drunk they were.
Although it is a bit funny, we would all scowl at this if it were a drink-driving case involving a car.