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Missing aircraft on the Kamchatka peninsula of the Russian Far East

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Officials say that debris was found from a passenger plane that carried 28 people missing in Russia’s the Far East on Tuesday.

Shortly before landing in Palana in the north of the remote Kamchatka peninsula, the An-26 aircraft was lost in contact with the air traffic control.

 

The crash was thought to have survived by nobody.

The aircraft flew from the Petropavlovsk regional center.

Officials stated that 9km (5.5 miles), 10 minutes prior to landing, were lost to the plane’s contact with Palana airport.

 

It hit a rock when it arrived at the earth, unconfirmed reports say. They are believed to have crashed on the shore.

Governor Vladimir Solodov said that fragments of the fuselage had been found on the coast and in the sea in a statement posted on the Kamchatka Regional Government website.

 

Officials reported that 22 passengers, including one child, and six crew members, were on board.

 

One of the passengers was the head of the local government in Palana, Olga Mokhireva.

An inquiry into the incident was launched. Poor weather is regarded as a potential cause.

Correspondents say Russia once had a poor record for flight security, but in recent years it has improved.

 

In recent years, however, there have been a number of major accidents. In May 2019, a superjet Aeroflot Sukhoi crashed and fired 41 people down the Moscow runway.