Airliner crashes at sea in Russian Far East

By Anna Chernova, CNN

(CNN) – An airliner with 28 people on board crashed into the sea off the Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia on Tuesday, the Russian state news agency reported RIA Novosti.

The plane, a Russian-built Antonov An-26 turboprop twin-engine, was flying from the regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the village of Palana in northern Kamchatka, when it missed a scheduled communication and disappeared from radar, according to local emergencies. and transport agents.

There were 22 passengers and six crew on board, the Russian Emergency Ministry said. Two passengers were children under the age of 12, according to Alexander Zabolichenko, deputy chairman of the Kamchatka government.

Search and rescue operations are underway. Several ships were sent to search for the plane, RIA reported, citing emergency services.

“Rescue troops are ready to move from Palana to the plane’s detection point,” the regional government said in an official statement to Sputnik.

An investigation has been opened into the aircraft’s safety compliance. “If violations are detected, the prosecutor’s response measures will be taken,” the Kamchatka transport prosecutor’s office told Russian state news agency TASS.

The weather was cloudy and foggy at the time and the accident may have been due to a pilot error in poor visibility, TASS reported, citing an emergency services source.

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