Russian plane with 28 people on board goes missing

A Russian AN-26 aeroplane with 28 people on board has gone missing in the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia’s far-east, the country’s Emergencies Ministry said on Tuesday.

The plane, en route from regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the village of Palana in the northern part of the peninsula, lost contact with air traffic control during the flight, the ministry said.

It said search and rescue teams were on their way to the area. There were 22 passengers and six crew members on board.

Interfax news agency quoted the local meteorology centre as saying that weather in the area was cloudy.An investigation has been launched, and a search mission is underway. Two helicopters and an aeroplane have been deployed to inspect the missing plane’s route, AP reported local officials as saying.

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