A Russian AN-26 airplane carrying 28 people has gone missing. The plane was reportedly flying from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana in the Kamchatka Peninsula, in Russia’s far east, when it did not make a scheduled call-in.
According to Russia’s Emergencies Ministry, 22 were passengers while 6 crew were on onboard.
Village mayor, Olga Mokhireva was among the passengers along with four local government officials, local authorities said.
The plane, an Antonov An-26 twin-engined turboprop, was on approach for landing when contact was lost about 10 kilometres away from Palana’s airport. The weather in the area was cloudy at the time, Interfax news agency said, quoting the local meteorology centre.
“An investigation has been launched, and a search mission is under way. Several ships, two helicopters and an airplane have been deployed to inspect the missing plane’s route,” local officials said.