By Maxim Rodionov
MOSCOW (Reuters) – All 19 people aboard the Russian plane Antonov An-28 that disappeared from radar in Siberia survived after the aircraft crash-landed on Friday, the Ministry of Emergencies said,
The plane –operated by SiLA, a small airline that offers regional flights in Siberia– disappeared during the flight from the city of Kedrovy to the city of Tomsk.
But the aircraft was located after helicopters were sent to search for it.
The ministry said all 19 people on board survived and are now being evacuated.
The incident comes less than two weeks after a similar plane, an Antonov An-26, fell off a cliff amid low visibility on Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula, killing all 28 people on board.
An Antonov-28, of the same type that disappeared and was later found this Friday, struck a forest in Kamchatka in 2012 in an accident that killed 10 people. Investigators said both pilots were drunk at the time of the accident.
Russian aviation safety standards have improved in recent years, but accidents, especially those involving old planes in distant regions, are not uncommon.
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