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Wreckage found after plane goes missing with 28 people on board in Russia

According to Russian media reports, none of the 28 people on board survived the crash.

The Antonov An-26 with the same board number #RA-26085 as the missing plane is parked at Airport Elizovo outside Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
The Antonov An-26 with the same board number #RA-26085 as the missing plane is parked at Airport Elizovo outside Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Image: Marina Lystseva/PA Images

Updated Jul 6th 2021, 12:22 PM

A WRECKAGE HAS been found after a plane with 28 people on board went missing in the Russian far-east region of Kamchatka, local officials have said.

An Antonov An-26 plane with 22 passengers and six crew flying from the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the village of Palana missed a scheduled communication, local emergency officials said.

It also disappeared from the radars, the local transport ministry said.

The governor of Kamchatka, Vladimir Solodov, told the Interfax news agency that the main body of the plane was found on the Okhotsk Sea coast, while other wreckage was found in the sea.

The plane was coming in for landing when contact was lost about six miles away from Palana’s airport.

The head of the government in Palana Olga Mokhireva was on board, the Kamchatka government said.

According to Russian media reports, none of the 28 people on board survived the crash.

The plane belonged to a company called Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise.

An investigation has been launched and two helicopters and a plane have been deployed to inspect the missing plane’s route, officials said.

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In 2012, an Antonov An-28 plane belonging to Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise crashed into a mountain while flying from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsk and coming in for landing in Palana.

14 people were on board and 10 of them were killed. Both pilots, who were among the dead, were found to have alcohol in their blood, Tass reported.

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