In Russia, An-26 aircraft with 29 people on board has stopped communication in Kamchatka. This was reported by TASS agency with reference to the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia in Kamchatka Territory of the Russian Federation.
"According to the Far Eastern Transport Prosecutor's Office, the plane was performing a passenger flight from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy to the settlement of Palana. There are 23 passengers and 6 crew members on board," the statement said.
The An-26 disappeared from radar screens about 10 minutes before landing in the town of Palana. The crew was supposed to land at 05:50 Moscow time, but did not get in touch.
At 5:55 Moscow time, an alarm was sounded at Palana Airport, and a search and rescue operation began.
At the same time, according to Interfax, the head of the town district of Palana Olga Mokhyryova was on board the An-26 plane missing in Kamchatka.
In connection with the disappearance of the aircraft, a criminal case under Part 3 of Art. 263 of the Criminal Code ("Violation of traffic safety rules and operation of air transport") was open. The prosecutor's office initiated the investigation.
The searches of the plane continue.
According to the agency, An-26, which disappeared from radars on Kamchatka, was previously used at the UN and Air Mali, and since 2008 it has been stored in Kyiv owned by Kyivska Rus company. In the fall of 2012, the aircraft underwent major repairs, and since 2013 it has been used by the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy airlines.
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