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The wreckage of a plane carrying 28 people has been found in eastern Russia

Antonov-26 has been involved in a number of crashes, the most recent of which was on March 13 when a military plane crashed trying to land in Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city, killing four people.

On Tuesday (July 6) in eastern Russia, in the Far East, the wreckage of a missing plane with 28 people on board was found four kilometers from the airport, the agency said.

The Antonov-26 device was on the connection between Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Palana on the Kamchatka Peninsula, when its spy surveillance signals stopped transmitting, as previously explained by Interfox and RIA Novosti agencies. The agencies said the 28 people on board were six crew members and one or two children.

According to Rosaviyatsia, “Rescuers work hard” Due to the geography of the place. The plane should have landed at 3:50 pm (7:50 am French time), but lost contact a few minutes earlier.

Involved in many accidents

Antonov An-26 was a light transport aircraft designed in Ukraine during the Soviet era. It is 24 meters long and can travel at a speed of 440 km per hour. Antonov-26 has been involved in several crashes, the most recent of which was on March 13 when a military plane crashed while trying to land in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, killing four people.

In October 2020, Antonov-26 military transport was already paralyzed when landing in eastern Ukraine, 26 killed, mostly military school students, and one survivor. One month ago, four South Sudanese passengers and three Russian crew members were killed in an Antonov-26 crash involving a local company near Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

Russia has long enjoyed a bad reputation for aviation security. Poor technical maintenance and the absence of strict safety regulations have a lasting identity in the Russian aviation industry. In May 2019, 41 people were killed when the national company Aeroflot’s Sukhoi superjet forced landing on the runway of Moscow airport. In February 2018, a Saratov Airlines AN-148 crashed shortly after takeoff near Moscow, killing all 71 people on board. At trial the human error was determined to be at the source of the accident.

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Air travel in the remote areas of the Arctic and the Far East is often subject to difficult air conditions.

Le Mont with AFP and Reuters