Ten die in plane crash in Russian Kamchatka

Ten die in plane crash in Russian Kamchatka

 Ten people died and four were injured on Wednesday after a small plane crashed in far-eastern Russia, an emergency ministry official said.

The An-28 passenger plane made a hard emergency landing in the far-flung Kamchatka region of Russia after noon local time, said a spokeswoman with the far-eastern branch of the emergency ministry. It had a total of 14 people on board, she said, including two crew members. “Ten people have died, and four were injured,” she said, adding they were being taken for treatment in the town of Palana.

The twin-engine plane took off from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky for a scheduled flight to Palana on the coast of the Okhotsk sea, but communications went dead at 12:28 local time, the ministry said. A rescue helicopter located the crashed plane and four survivors on a cedar tree-covered hill 10 kilometres from Palana, the emergency ministry statement said.
The victims included both crew members and one of the dead passengers was a child, the ministry said. The plane sustained “considerable damage,” it said.

Russia's Investigative Committee said it had opened a probe into possible violation of air transport regulations. According to the schedule on Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky airport, the daily flight to Palana is operated by a state-owned local carrier FGUPKAP.

The cause of the crash has not yet been announced. The weather office indicated overcast skies and rain in the area. Russia has a dismal aviation safety record, with its older small planes regularly making emergency landings.

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