- On Tuesday, an An-26 plane carrying 28 people to Parana went missing and crashed.
- The 28 people on board included 6 crew members and 22 passengers, including two minors. All are presumed dead.
- Officials stated that the aircraft, built in 1982, was in good condition and passed safety inspections.
After a passenger plane crashed on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the remote Russian Far East, the search team found the bodies of nine people on Wednesday.
The An-26 plane flying from the main city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on the Kamchatka Peninsula to the coastal town of Parana went missing and crashed on Tuesday, carrying 28 people on board.
The search team later found the wreckage of the plane near Parana.
“So far, nine bodies have been found,” the regional branch of the Ministry of Emergency Situations said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that one body had been identified.
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The 28 people on board included 6 crew members and 22 passengers, including two minors. All are presumed dead.
Officials said that more than 50 people searched the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk, but heavy fog, strong winds and waves complicate the search operations.
The Ministry of Emergency Situations stated that it plans to deploy divers and a Mi-8 helicopter.
Kamchatka is a vast peninsula, popular with adventurous tourists due to its abundant wildlife, active volcanoes and black sandy beaches.
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Governor Vladimir Solodov announced a three-day mourning period starting on Wednesday.
His office said that the governor plans to travel to Parana with the head of the Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviation, Alexander Neradko.
Officials stated that the aircraft, built in 1982, was in good condition and passed safety inspections.
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The Russian Commission of Investigation, which is responsible for investigating major crimes and accidents, said it is investigating three potential causes of the accident: severe weather conditions, technical failures or pilot errors.
The An-26 aircraft was manufactured in the Soviet Union from 1969 to 1986 and is still used for civil and military transportation throughout the former Soviet Union. In recent years, there have been many accidents.