Moscow: An airplane with 28 people on board went missing in Russia’s Far East region of Kamchatka on Tuesday, local officials confirmed. An Antonov An-26 passenger plane with 22 people and six crew members, flying to the town of Palana from the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, missed a scheduled communication, local emergency officials revealed.
As per the local transport ministry, it also went missing from the radar as well.
The above-mentioned airplane belonged to a company called Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise.
As a result of this, an investigation has already been launched, and a search mission is currently underway to track down the missing plane. According to reports, two helicopters and an airplane have been deployed so far to inspect the missing plane’s route, local officials said.
The plane was coming in for a landing when contact was lost about 10 kilometers (six miles) away from Palana’s airport. The head of the local government in Palana, Olga Mokhireva, was aboard the flight, spokespeople of the Kamchatka government said.