AN-26 Plane Missing with Almost 28 People in Russia’s Far East region

AN-26 Plane Missing with Almost 28 People in Russia’s Far East region

A Russian airplane carrying 28 onboard has gone missing within the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East region, multiple news reports said citing regional authorities on Tuesday. The AN-26 plane lost contact with traffic control while attempting to land, TASS separately cited a source as saying.

The plane was flying from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana within the Kamchatka Peninsula when it didn't make a scheduled communication, the Interfax and RIA Novosti agencies cited the emergencies ministry as saying, consistent with press agency Reuters.

AFP reported that the 28 people on board included six crew members and there have been one or two children among the 22 passengers. an enquiry has been launched and rescue workers are on standby, the agency added.

Russia, once known for aircraft-related accidents, has improved its traffic safety records within the past few years. However, poor maintenance of air crafts and a low level of safety standards still prevail. Flying is additionally dangerous within the country’s isolated regions with difficult weather .

This incident in Russia comes exactly two days after a Philippine air force aircraft crashed on a southern island on July 4, killing 50 people. The July 4 crash is that the worst air disaster for the Asian country in nearly three decades.

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