Russian officials say there are no survivors AN-26 plane crash, Which falls east, on the Kamchatka Peninsula Russia, This Tuesday (6) at dawn. This information was obtained by Russian news agencies, which did not quote the source of the confirmation.
The plane, carrying 22 passengers and six crew, was en route from the regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the village of Palana in the northern part of the peninsula when it lost contact with air traffic control during the flight.
The Russian news agency DOS reported that the mayor of Palana was among the victims.
When search and rescue teams flew to the area by helicopter, officials from the country’s Ministry of Emergency Situations confirmed that the plane had crashed in the early hours of the morning. According to the local meteorological center, the weather was cloudy.
Ruins were found
The wreckage, believed to have come from the plane, was reportedly found four kilometers from the village of Palana. So far, the crash is believed to have been caused by a collision.
Citing unnamed sources of information from Interfox and DOS news organizations.
Russian aviation safety standards have improved in recent years, but accidents involving aging aircraft, especially in remote areas, are not uncommon.
The Soviet-era aircraft, still used for military and civilian aircraft in some countries, has been involved in dozens of fatal accidents since entering service 50 years ago.
A similar Antonov-28 plane crashed in the Kamsatka forest in 2012, killing 10 people on the same route. Investigators said both pilots were drunk at the time of the crash.
* With Reuters information