Multiple news reports cited regional authorities as saying that a Russian plane carrying 28 passengers went missing on Tuesday in Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula. TASS separately quoted a source saying that the AN-26 plane lost contact with air traffic control as it attempted to land.
The plane was flying from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana in the Kamchatka Peninsula when it did not make a scheduled communication, the Interfax and RIA Novosti agencies cited the emergencies ministry as saying, according to news agency Reuters.
AFP reported that there were six crew members aboard the ship and one or two children with the passengers. The agency said that a search was launched and that rescue workers were on standby.
Russia, which was once notorious for its aircraft-related crashes, has made significant improvements in the safety of its air traffic. However, safety standards are still low and poor maintenance of aircraft remains a problem. In remote areas with severe weather conditions, flying is dangerous.
The Russian incident comes just two days after the Philippines’ July 4th air force plane crashed onto a southern island, killing 50 people. This July 4th crash was the most serious air accident in Asia for nearly three decades.
Valentina holds a journalism degree from Moscow State University and started her career as an art critic covering the film industry and urban architecture.