A small Russian passenger plane Antonov An-26 twin-engined turboprop with 28 people on board crashed in Russia’s far eastern Kamchatka peninsula on Tuesday. It was flying from the regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the village of Palana, in Kamchatka’s north. It missed a scheduled communication and disappeared from radar. “Wreckage was found near the hills on the coastline, but access to the aircraft is difficult” a spokesperson for Rosaviation said. The plane was believed to have collided into a hill near the village of Palana. Debris had also been found in the Sea of Okhotsk. There was poor weather in the area, including a low cloud ceiling at around 1,000 feet.No survivors have been found. In a statement posted on the Kamchatka regional government’s website, Governor Vladimir Solodov said fragments of the fuselage were found both on the shore and in the sea.There were 22 passengers and six crew members on board the plane.
Several Palana’s town officials were on board. The Russian Investigative Committee and the local transport ministry have opened a criminal investigation under articles related to violations of transportation safety codes. TASS reported that the plane – operated by Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise- has flown since 1982 and its safety certifications were due to expire on August 30, 2021. These aircrafts or similar are frequently involved in aviation accidents. In May 2019 an Aeroflot Sukhoi superjet crashed and caught fire on a Moscow runway killing 41 people.