Antonov An-26 Crashes In Russia With 22 Passengers And 6 Crew
- byLinnea Ahlgren
- July 6, 2021
- 2 minute read
On Tuesday, an Antonov An-26 aircraft belonging to Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise went missing just before landing at Palana Airport. The plane, carrying 28 people, including one child, has disappeared from the radar and is presumed to have crashed into the sea. At the time of publication, authorities announced that parts of the aircraft had been located about five kilometers off the coast.
Failed to make scheduled communication
An Antonov An-26 twin-engined turboprop has gone missing in the Russian Far East. The plane, carrying 22 passengers and six crew, is presumed to have crashed just off the coast of the Kamchatka peninsula. The aircraft disappeared from the radar after failing to make its scheduled communication about nine kilometers out from Palana Airport.
Search and rescue efforts are currently underway. The BBC reported that a weak signal from the aircraft’s black box has been detected just off the coast. Ships were sent to the location along with a helicopter.
Fog prevalent in the area complicated the work of emergency services. However, at the time of publication, news has just come in that rescuers have found fragments of the plane about four to five kilometers off the coastline, RIA Novosti reports.
The plane with tail number RA-26085 took its first flight in 1982. It belonged to Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise, also known as Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Enterprise, and was operating Flight PTK251 from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport. One child below the age of 12 is confirmed to have been on board the aircraft.