A passenger plane crashed in Russia: no one survived
In Russia, a plane crash occurred in Kamchatka. An-26 aircraft carrying 22 passengers, including a 7-year-old child, and six more crew members. According to preliminary data, no one survived. Writes about it DW.
The wreckage of the plane was discovered on 6 July. This was announced by the general director of the Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise Alexei Khrabrov.
The plane flew from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the village of Palana on the western coast of the peninsula. The crew did not get in touch at the appointed time, after which the An-26 disappeared from the radar.
“The An-26 plane probably crashed into the coastal rock, part of the wreckage fell into the sea,” RIA Novosti writes with reference to the head of the airline.
The plane was mainly occupied by residents of Palana, including the head of the village - Olga Mokhireva, the head of the mobilization department of the administration of the settlement, Alexander Andreikin, and his wife Olga, who heads the financial department of the administration. Also this flight was flown by the head of the local division of the construction company "PIK" Peter Ayani, writes TASS.
An-26 could crash due to bad weather conditions
According to one version, the plane crashed due to pilot error. “The plane could have crashed due to a piloting error due to poor visibility. At the same time, the crew did not report any malfunctions, which indicates the swiftness of the situation, "said a source familiar with the situation.
According to forecasters, in the area of the disappearance of the aircraft, continuous clouds were observed at an altitude of 300-600 meters, but there was no precipitation or increased wind.
The assumptions about equipment failure are also considered. Local authorities said the aircraft had a valid certificate of airworthiness and that the crew had passed a pre-flight inspection.
Crash site established
For a long time, specialized services have been establishing the crash site. The plane disappeared from radar about 9 km from Palana.
All operational services in the area of the incident were alerted. Two helicopters and an aircraft were sent to search for the An-26. The ships of the Pacific Fleet joined the operation.
Rescuers found the "wreckage of the aircraft" 4-5 km from the runway from the coastline.
“Considering the geographical features of the landscape, rescue operations are difficult,” the ministry said. Before falling, he "collided with a hill, which led to the destruction of the plane."
Rescuers suspended work until the morning of July 7
“According to preliminary data, all passengers and crew were killed. In total - 28 people, ”- reported in the aviation department of the region.
A few hours later, rescuers suspended work at the crash site of the passenger plane until the morning of July 7 - due to the onset of darkness. A group of divers will be involved in the work. One part of the aircraft's fuselage is on the slope of Pyatibratka hill, the other is in the sea.
Those on board have not yet been found, said the region's governor Vladimir Solodov.
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"Most likely, only tomorrow we will receive an official confirmation" for the victims, he added.
A commission has been formed to find out the reasons for the emergency
On behalf of the government, a commission was formed under the leadership of the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Vitaly Savelyev to clarify the circumstances of the emergency.
A criminal case was initiated under Part 3 of Art. 263 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ("violation of traffic safety rules and the operation of air transport").
What is known about the plane
An-26 with the number RA-26085 was built in 1982. Its airworthiness certificate expired on August 30, 2021. Since 2013, the aircraft has been operated by the Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise. Before departure, the plane was technically sound.
The Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise reported that the aircraft's crew was experienced.
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