The worst-case scenario now seems to be looming. As Russia lost all contact with a plane in the east of the country on Tuesday, rescuers found debris from the Antonov An-28 in the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Far East, the airline told the agency. Russian. The aircraft carried 28 passengers on board, Russian news agencies said Tuesday citing national security services.
“The rescue operation is carried out using special equipment, an all-terrain vehicle with 26 rescuers,” said Rosaviatsia, specifying that the work of rescuers “is difficult” because of the geography of the place. The debris was found “about 4 to 5 kilometers” from Palana airport, along the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk without specifying whether it was in the sea or not. Part of the fuselage is on land and “the second part was spotted at sea about four kilometers from the coast,” said the press service of the Russian navy, quoted by the Interfax press agency.
6 crew members and 2 children
The aircraft was on the link between Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Palana on the Kamchatka Peninsula when it stopped transmitting its reconnaissance signals, the Interfax and RIA Novosti agencies said. The plane should have landed at 3:50 p.m. (0550 GMT).
Among the 28 people on board are six crew members and one or two children. Two helicopters were mobilized to search for the aircraft. The Antonov was operated by a small local company from Kamchatka, a huge sparsely populated peninsula in the far east of Russia.
Many previous accidents
Russia has long suffered from a bad reputation for aviation safety. Poor technical maintenance and lacking rigorous safety rules have left a lasting mark on the Russian aeronautics sector. The last serious accident dates from May 2019 with the forced landing of a Sukhoi Superjet of the national company Aeroflot which had caught fire on the runway of a Moscow airport, killing 41 people.
In February 2018, a Saratov Airlines AN-148 crashed shortly after takeoff near Moscow, killing all 71 people on board. An investigation had determined that human error was at the root of the accident. Air transport is also subject to often difficult flight conditions in remote areas of the Arctic and the Far East.