“Miracle” in Siberia: plane disappears from radar, save all passengers
All 18 people aboard a plane that had disappeared from radar this morning were found alive in Siberia, after the Antonov An-28 they were on was forced into an emergency landing. A “miracle”, Sergei Zvachkin, governor of the Tomsk region defined it in a note, stating that it was possible thanks to the “professionalism of the pilots” Anatoly Prytkov and Farukh Khasanov.
The plane had lost contact with the flight authorities this morning while en route from Kedrovy to Tomsk. It would have been the second fatal plane crash this month in Russia, following the crash of an Antonov An-26 in Kamchatka, which killed all 28 people on board two weeks ago. One of the plane’s two pilots, Khasanov, told the Tass agency that both engines had failed.
As shown by some images circulated on social media, rescuers found the plane upside down, with the front part destroyed, while the survivors were located in a wooded area near the damaged plane. Zhvachkin’s office said passengers only reported “bruises and abrasions,” according to AFP. According to the Russian agency Interfax, which quotes a local official, six passengers refused to take a helicopter to get to Tomsk, preferring to get on a minibus.
After the SiLA crash, the regional airline that operated the flight, decided to cancel all flights scheduled for tomorrow with An-28 aircraft.