An Antonov An-26 plane with 22 passengers and six crew members, flying from the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the city of Palana, disappeared Tuesday morning in the Russian Far East region of Kamchatka, reports reported. local officials.
The plane, owned by a company called Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise, is believed to be an Antonov An-26, which had been in service since 1982, Russian state news agency Tass reported.
Company director Alexei Khabarov told Interfax news agency that the plane was technically in good condition.
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The media indicate that an investigation has been launched as well as a search mission. However, these same reports suggest that the plane may have crashed into the sea, but there has not yet been official confirmation of this.
In the meantime, two helicopters and a plane have been deployed to check the route of the missing plane, local officials said.
In addition to these planes, state news agency RIA Novosti reported that several ships were also recruited to search for the plane. The city of Palana is located on the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk.
The aircraft was reportedly on approach to land when contact was lost about 10 kilometers (six miles) from Palana airport. Palana local government chief Olga Mokhireva was on board the flight, Kamchatka government spokespersons said.
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In 2012, an Antonov An-28 plane belonging to the same company crashed into a mountain while flying from Petropavlovsk to Kamchatsk and preparing to land in Palana.
This flight contained 14 people, 10 of whom died. Both pilots, who were among the dead, had alcohol in their blood, Tass reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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