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06 July, 2021

All 28 lives lost in Russian plane crash.

Photo  Russia's Emergencies Ministry via Reuters
All 28 people on a Russian An-26 plane died in a crash on Tuesday in the country's far east according to the Interfax and RIA news agencies.  

The Antonov An-26 twin-engined turboprop was on a flight from regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the village of Palana and was approach for landing when contact was lost about 10 kilometres away from the airport. 

Reports indicate there were some twenty-two passengers and six crew on board, with officials saying the village mayor Olga Mokhireva was among the passengers along with four local government officers. 

According to locals,  there was thick cloud in the area at the time of the crash and although the cause of the crash has not been established yet, bad weather has not been ruled out. "All that is known at this time, what has been possible to establish, is that communication with the plane was interrupted and it did not land," Valentina Glazova, a spokeswoman for the local transport prosecutor's office, told AFP. 

The Russian aviation agency had said search teams in the remote far eastern Kamchatka peninsula found wreckage of the aircraft, "Rescuers found the wreckage of the aircraft. Given the geographic features of the landscape, rescue operations are difficult," the aviation agency said in an emailed statement, adding that the debris was found along the region's Pacific coast.

Report with France 24, AFP, AP and Reuters

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