| 20.1°C Dublin

Lost contact Plane with 28 people on board goes missing off Russia's far eastern coast

Several ships were en route to the crash site, RIA cited emergency services as saying

Close

Russian An-26 plane with the tail number RA-26085 is seen in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia Russia's Emergencies Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

Russian An-26 plane with the tail number RA-26085 is seen in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia Russia's Emergencies Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

Russian An-26 plane with the tail number RA-26085 is seen in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia Russia's Emergencies Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

An aeroplane with 28 people on board crashed into the sea off Russia's far eastern Kamchatka peninsula as it was preparing to land, RIA news agency has reported.

The plane, an Antonov An-26 twin-engined turboprop, was en route from regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana, a village in northern Kamchatka, when it lost contact with air traffic control, Russia's emergencies ministry said.

Several ships were en route to the crash site, RIA cited emergency services as saying.

There were 22 passengers and six crew on board, the ministry said.

Village mayor Olga Mokhireva was among the passengers, the TASS agency quoted local authorities as saying.

The weather in the area was cloudy at the time, Interfax news agency said, quoting the local meteorology centre.

According to TASS, the plane was built in 1982.

More to follow...

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices


Privacy