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July 7, 2021

Aircraft crash in Russia claims lives of 28 people

MChS said that Antonov An-26 lost contact with air traffic control in its way from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana.

The Antonov An-26 twin-engined turboprop has reportedly crashed in the far east of Russia, killing all 28 people on board, including crew members.

According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MChS), the aircraft lost contact with air traffic control while flying from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana.

Citing sources, Interfax stated that the aircraft was assumed to have crashed into a cliff as it was advancing to land in poor visibility conditions.

The weather in the area was cloudy at the time the aircraft went missing.

The crash location was cited after the MChS dispatched a helicopter and deployed teams on the ground to search for the missing aircraft, confirmed the Russian Civil Aviation Authority.

Local officials informed that the jet’s debris was located in the sea and on land.

The Kamchatka transportation prosecutor’s office told Al Jazeera that the reason for the accident is currently ‘being investigated.’

MChS said that the aircraft was carrying 22 passengers and six crew on board.

Local authorities were quoted by Russian News Agency TASS as saying that the mayor of Palana, Olga Mokhireva, was also on board.

TASS reported that the Antonov An-26 twin-engined turboprop had been in service since 1982.

Although the Russian aviation safety standards have improved lately, the country has experienced several deadly air accidents in the past years.

In May 2019, a Russian passenger aeroplane was engulfed in flames at Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO), claiming the lives of at least 41 passengers.

Flight SU 1492, operated by Russian carrier Aeroflot, was flying with 73 passengers and five crew members on board from Moscow to Murmansk, a Russian city in the Arctic Circle.

Furthermore, difficult weather conditions prevailing in the country’s isolated regions has also made flying dangerous in Russia.

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