Burning remains of the Russian Air Force An-22 transport aircraft that crashed late on Tuesday night were discovered from the air in central Russia's Tula Region, a source in the law enforcement bodies said on Wednesday.
"The remains of the burning aircraft were discovered from the air at 2:36 Moscow time [23:36 GMT Tuesday] near the village of Krasny Oktyabr in the Tula Region," the source said adding that rescue teams were dispatched to the crash site.
The Russian Defense Ministry said earlier that the An-22 Cock aircraft en route to the airport of Migalovo disappeared from radar screens at 21:30 Moscow time [18:30 GMT].
According to preliminary information, about 12 people were on board of the Russian Air Force aircraft, a source in the ministry said.
He said a failure of aviation equipment, particularly an engine failure, might have caused the crash.
According to various sources, there are up to 300 transport aircraft in service with the Russian Air Force, including An-12 Cub, An-72 Coaler, An-22 Cock, An-124 Condor and Il-76 Candid planes. Most of the aircraft entered service in the 1960s and 1970s and are considered outdated by modern safety and noise pollution standards.
MOSCOW, December 29 (RIA Novosti)