Antonov An-26 crashes in far east of Russia

An Antonov An-26, similar to the crashed aircraft. Photo: © Alec Wilson

An Antonov An-26 believed to belong to Russian airline Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Enterprise from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, has been declared missing by local authorities. The flight had 28 people on board.

The airplane, flying from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana Airport in the in the Kamchatka-Krai region of Russia, was reportedly overdue to check in with ATC near its destination. Subsequently, a search and rescue operation was launched to find the missing plane. In an announcement not long after the suspected accident, rescue services said they strongly believe the plane has crashed into the water near Palana and ships are on their way to the crash site.

Officials later confirmed that the crash site was located on a cliff near the water‘s edge and no survivors were found so far. Of the 28 people on board the plane, 6 were crew members with the remaining 22 being passengers including at least two small children. An investigation into the accident has been opened.