Russian plane with 28 people on board goes missing in Kamchatka
A Russian plane AN-26 with 28 people on board has gone missing in the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia’s far east region, the country’s emergencies ministry said on Tuesday.
The plane lost contact with air traffic control while attempting to land, TASS separately cited a source as saying.
According to the Ministry, the plane, en route from regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the village of Palana in the northern part of the peninsula, lost contact with air traffic control during the flight.
It said search and rescue teams were on their way to the area.
There were 22 passengers and six crew members on board, stated the ministry.
Moreover, the Interfax news agency revealed that the local meteorology centre as saying that the weather in the area was cloudy.
There were conflicting reports of what may have happened, with one source telling news agency TASS the plane could have crashed into the sea and another telling Interfax it may have gone down near a coal mine close to Palana.
A search had been launched involving at least two helicopters and rescue workers were on standby, the reports said.