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Live Updates: An-26 Plane Crash Feared to Have Left No Survivors as Rescuers Locate Debris

According to preliminary reports, the aircraft didn't respond in time to a planned communication session.
A Russian An-26 plane en route from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana has gone missing in Kamchatka, prompting an emergency alert.
"There are six crew members and 22 passengers (including one child) onboard the An-26 aircraft. A helicopter and troops from the Russian Emergencies Ministry are preparing for a search and rescue operation", a representative of the emergency services said.
Meteorologists noted there was a low cloud cover in the area, but visibility was within normal range.
Addressing the incident, Russian Pacific Fleet spokesman Nikolai Voskresensky confirmed that the military is also engaged in the search operation.
"Units of the troops and forces in the northeast of Russia have joined the search for the An-26 civilian aircraft that disappeared in Kamchatka. At 9:45 (Moscow time) [6:45 GMT], an Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft of the Pacific Fleet’s aviation flew from the Elizovo Airfield to the area of the alleged crash of the aircraft", Voskresensky said.
Per preliminary data from the Ministry of Emergency Situations, there are 22 passengers on board the aircraft, including one child, and 6 crew members. At the same time, the government of the Kamchatka Territory said there were 6 crew members and 21 passengers on board, including two children under 12 years old.
Later, regional authorities told Sputnik that the head of the Palana settlement, Olga Makhireva, was aboard the An-26 plane that went missing. The authorities also provided a list with the names of the 22 passengers that were aboard the aircraft.
In the meantime, a criminal case has been initiated over violation of safety rules after the disappearance of the plane.
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"According to preliminary data, all of the passengers and the crew were killed when the plane crashed", a spokesperson for the emergency services told Sputnik.

09:11 GMT 06.07.2021

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Rescuers have located the debris of the An-26 aircraft that went missing on Tuesday in Russia's Kamchatka Territory, the Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviatsiya said.

The agency stated that the wreckage was found about 4-5 kilometres [2-3 miles] from the runway on the side of the coastline.

Special rescue vehicles and some 26 crew were dispatched to the crash site, Rosaviatsya said, adding that the rescue efforts are being hampered by the peculiarities of the terrain there.

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According to a source with the emergency services, several vessels were dispatched to the alleged site of the crash.

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