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The aviation search and rescue group of the Central Military District (CVO) flew to the landing area of ​​the descent vehicle of the Soyuz MS-17 manned spacecraft in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

To organize search and rescue support for the landing of the descent vehicle and evacuation of the crew of the 64th long-term expedition to the International Space Station from the airfields in Zhezkazgan, Baikonur and Karaganda, 12 Mi-8MTV5-1 helicopters of army aviation, two An-12 and one An-26 transport aviation of the Central Military District. The search and rescue zone is located 147 kilometers southeast of Zhezkazgan. The aviation group will deliver the necessary equipment, the personnel of the search and rescue group and the medical team to the landing site of the descent vehicle. The exact coordinates of the landing capsule will be calculated and transmitted to the rescuers by the crew of the An-26 aircraft. In addition, ground search and rescue teams on the modernized FEM-1 and FEM-2 “Blue Bird” search and recovery vehicles are already on duty in the main and reserve landing areas and are ready for immediate actions to evacuate cosmonauts and transport the descent vehicle.

12 Mi-8MTV5-1 helicopters, An-12 and An-26 aircraft, about 30 ground vehicles, including six modernized search and evacuation vehicles FEM-1 and FEM-2 “Blue Bird” and more than 200 military personnel from among the flight personnel and specialists of the search and rescue group of the Central Military District.

The landing of the descent vehicle of the Soyuz MS-17 manned spacecraft is scheduled for today at 07:56 Moscow time. Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov, Sergei Kud-Sverchkov and NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins will return to Earth.

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