Russian plane crashes with 28 passengers on board

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.

The Russian Aviation Agency told CNN on Tuesday that the wreckage of the plane was found 2.5 kilometers from the runway at Palana airport.

“The wreckage was found near the hills of the coast,” said a spokesperson for Rosaviation. Earlier, Russia’s new state agency RIA Novosti reported that the plane had crashed at sea.

Citing an anonymous emergency service source, Russian state media TASS reported that the plane struck a hill near the village of Palana and debris was found in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk. No survivors have been found, the source added.

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.

The Rosaviation spokesperson told CNN that search and rescue groups had started working on the ground, but that “access to the plane is difficult” and that they had “no information” about the aircraft. possible survivors.

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

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

This story has been updated with new information on the location of the crash.

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