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Antonov An-26 plane with 28 passengers disappears without a trace

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According to preliminary information, there are 21 passengers on board, one child, and six crew members.

An Antonov An-26 plane with 28 people on board disappeared off the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia.

“There are six crew members and 22 passengers (including one child) onboard the An-26 aircraft. A helicopter and troops from the Russian Emergencies Ministry are preparing for a search and rescue operation”, a representative of the emergency services said.

A source from the regional airline Vityaz Aero said that “there is no record that [the aircraft] has fallen.

A team from the Russian Emergency Ministry (MChS) was involved in a search and rescue operation with the help of two helicopters and an airplane.

“All the emergency services were alerted and sent to examine the plane’s route. Two helicopters and a special aircraft are investigating the area. Rescue troops are ready to move from Palana to the aircraft’s detection point”, the regional government said in an official statement.

According to meteorologists, the sky near Palana – a settlement of about 3,000 people in northeastern Kamchatka – was covered with low-lying clouds, although horizontal visibility was about 50 kilometres around 3:00 p.m. local time (GMT + 12).

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