No survivors from plane crash in Russia’s far east: rescue officials – News Vibe24

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    Moscow: No survivors after a plane carrying 28 people crashed in eastern Russia on Tuesday, according to Russian rescue news agencies.
    The Antonov An-26 turboprop duo was en route from the regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana, a village north of the Kamchatka Peninsula, when it lost contact with air traffic control, the emergency ministry said.
    Citing sources, Interfax reported that the plane was believed to have crashed into a rock as it prepared to land in poor visibility.
    Russia’s civil aviation authority has confirmed that the crash site was found after the emergency ministry sent a helicopter and deployed teams on the ground to search for the missing aircraft.
    There were 22 passengers and six crew members, the ministry said. Olga Mokhireva, the mayor of Palana, was among the passengers, TASS told local authorities.
    The weather in the area was cloudy at the time of the plane’s disappearance, Russian news agencies reported. TASS said the aircraft involved had been operating since 1982.
    Russian aviation safety standards have improved in recent years, but accidents, especially on aging aircraft in remote areas, are not uncommon.
    The Soviet-era aircraft, which is still used for military and civilian flights in some countries, has been involved in dozens of fatal accidents since it was commissioned about 50 years ago.
    An Antonov-28, a similar plane, crashed into a Kamchatka forest in 2012 in a crash that killed 10 people on the same route. Investigators said both pilots were drunk at the time of the crash.

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