The lifting of the An-2 plane that crashed in the Baltic Sea in mid May was ended on Friday night, and the body of one of the pilots was recovered, Algimantas Raščius, director general of the state company Oro Navigacija (Air Navigation), told BNS.
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"The operation is over. One body was recovered," he said. The body was taken on the operation ship and being examined by prosecutors, Raščius added.

The operation was finished a couple of minutes before 11 p.m. on Friday and the plane was later lowered back onto the seabed. "We could barely lift it as the wings broke off during the operation," Raščius said.

The specialists had planned to lift the An-2 plane from the seabed to the depth of 5-10 meters below the sea surface by using special cables for divers to then be able to inspect it.

The An-2 with two highly experienced pilots went missing on May 16 en route from Gothenburg in Sweden to Klaipėda in Lithuania. Three days later, the plane was discovered on the Baltic seafloor. An examination two days later revealed a body of one of the pilots inside the aircraft.

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