Moscow: No spared after a plane conveying 28 people smashed in the far east of Russia on Tuesday (July 6, 2021), Russian news agencies cited recovery officials as saying.
The Antonov An-26 twin-engined turboprop was proceeding from the regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana, a village in the north of the Kamchatka peninsula, when it lost communication with air traffic control, the emergencies ministry said.
Citing sources, Interfax detailed that the carrier was thought to have crashed into a cliff as it was about to land in poor visibility conditions, according to a report by Reuters.
Russia`s civil aviation authority assured that the plane`s crash site had been spotted after the emergency ministry dispatched a helicopter and had placed teams on the ground to search for the lost aircraft.
There were 22 passengers and six crew enlisted, the ministry said. Olga Mokhireva, the mayor of Palana, was among the passengers, the TASS agency quoted local management as saying.
The weather in the region was cloudy at the time the plane went mislaid, Russian news agencies reported. TASS stated the aircraft had served from 1982.
Russian aviation safety standards have evolved in recent years but accidents, especially involving old planes in far-flying regions, are not uncommon.
The Soviet-era plane type, still used for military and civilian flights in some nations, has been involved in dozens of lethal crashes sExplorers ince it covered service for 50 years.
An Antonov-28, a similar aircraft, smashed into a Kamchatka forest in 2012 in a crash that killed 10 individuals along the same route. Investigators said both pilots were drunk at the time of the ram.