Rescuers found fragments of the Antonov-26 Air Enterprise aircraft, which crashed this tuesday on the Kamchatka Peninsula with 28 people on board. The remains were found by lifeguards and no survivors.
“The rescuers found remains of the plane”Rossaviatsia said in a statement, explaining that her job is “difficult” due to the geography of the area.
“The rescue operation is being carried out with special equipment, an all-terrain vehicle with 26 rescuers,” Rosaviatsia said. The remains were found “about 4 or 5 kilometers” from Palana airport, on the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk.
A part of the fuselage is on the ground and “the second part was located in the sea about four kilometers from the coast,” the press service of the Russian navy was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.
The plane should have landed at 15:50 (0550 GMT), but regional authorities said that lost contact nine kilometers from your destination.
They were moving from the city of Petropavlovsk, in the North Pacific, to the town of Palana, a settlement created at the end of the 19th century whose main access route is a small airfield to which only the company of the missing plane flies.
The plane was operated by Kamchatsky Air Enterprise, a small local company from Kamchatka, a vast peninsula at the eastern tip of Russia with very little population.
I know they mobilized two helicopters To search for the aircraft, the rescue teams were prepared to intervene.
Russia, which was known for its aviation accidents, has improved air traffic safety since 2000, when the country’s main companies abandoned their old Soviet aircraft for more modern ones.
However, there are still lack of maintenance and lax standards security, which is why the country has recorded several fatal plane crashes in recent years.
The last occurred in May 2019, when a Sukhoi Superjet of the Russian airline Aeroflot crashed on landing and caught fire on the runway of a Moscow airport, leaving 41 fatalities.
Further back, in February 2018, a Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 crashed shortly after takeoff near Moscow, killing all 71 people on board. An investigation determined that the cause of the accident was human error.
With information from news agencies.
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