19 bodies found at crash site of Russia's An-26: reports
Updated 17:23, 07-Jul-2021

Nineteen bodies were found on Wednesday at the crash site of the An-26 plane in Russia's Far East, local media reported citing the Emergencies Ministry.

A plane carrying 28 people crashed in the far east of Russia on Tuesday leaving no survivors, Russian news agencies reported citing rescue officials.

The plane, an Antonov An-26 twin-engined turboprop, was en route from regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana, a village in northern Kamchatka, when it lost contact with air traffic control, Russia's emergencies ministry said.

Citing sources, Interfax reported that the plane was thought to have crashed into a cliff as it was preparing to land in poor visibility conditions.

Several ships were en route to the crash site, RIA cited emergency services as saying.

There were 22 passengers and six crew on board, the ministry said. Village mayor Olga Mokhireva was among the passengers, the TASS agency quoted local authorities as saying.

The weather in the area was cloudy at the time, Interfax news agency said, quoting the local meteorology center.

According to TASS, the plane was built in 1982.

Earlier, TASS reported that communications were lost with an An-26 aircraft carrying at least 29 people. 

(Cover: A Russian An-26 plane in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia. /Reuters)

Source(s): Reuters

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