Russia: Small airplane carrying 17 people missing in Siberia

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A Russian passenger aircraft with 17 people on board went missing Friday throughout a flight in Siberia.

The regional department of the Russian Emergencies Ministry stated the An-28 aircraft disappeared in the Tomsk area in western Siberia.

The emergencies workplace stated the plan carried 14 passengers, together with 4 kids, and three crew members.

A search effort involving a number of helicopters is below means, officers stated.

The An-28 is a small short-range, Soviet-designed turboprop utilized by many small carriers throughout Russia and another international locations.

The aircraft that went missing belonged to the native Sila airline and was flying from the city of Kedrovoye to town of Tomsk.

The flight crew hadn’t reported any issues earlier than the aircraft disappeared, officers stated.

But the aircraft’s emergency beacon activated, signaling that the plane had a pressured touchdown or crashed.

The aircraft’s disappearance comes 10 days after one other Russian aircraft crashed whereas getting ready to land in dangerous climate on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East, killing all 28 people on board. The investigation into the crash of the An-26 aircraft is ongoing.

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