There are no survivors after a plane carrying 28 people crashed in Russia’s far east on Tuesday, Russian news agencies cited rescue officials as saying.
This video grab shows the scorched crash site of an RA-26085 Antonov An-26 passenger aircraft near the village of Palana, KamchatkaCredit: Getty
The Antonov An-26 twin-engine turboprop jet was en route from the regional capital Petropavlovsk- Kamchatsky to Palana, a village in the north of the Kamchatka peninsula, the emergencies ministry said. contact air traffic control.
Citing sources, Interfax reported that the plane is believed to have hit a cliff while preparing to land in poor visibility conditions.
Russia’s civil aviation authority confirmed that the crash site had been found after the Emergencies Ministry dispatched a helicopter and deployed teams on the ground to search for the missing plane. .
The ministry said there were 22 passengers on board, including a 6-year-old girl, and six crew members. Olga Mokhireva, the mayor of Palana, was among the passengers, the TASS agency quoted the local government as saying.
Russian news agencies reported that the weather in the area was cloudy at the time of the plane’s disappearance. TASS said the planes involved have been in service since 1982.
Russian aviation safety standards have improved in recent years but accidents, especially involving aging aircraft in remote regions, are not uncommon.
This old Soviet-era plane is still used for military and civilian flights in several countries, being involved in dozens of deadly crashes since it entered service some 50 years ago .
A similar Antonov-28 crashed in the Kamchatka forest in 2012 in an accident that killed 10 people. Investigators said both pilots were intoxicated at the time of the crash.