BREAKING: Passenger An-26 "crashes into the sea” in Russia

The twin turboprop airliner was operating a 413-mile domestic flight in the region

An Antonov An-26 with 28 people on board has crashed in the Far East of Russia, local officials report. 

The twin turboprop aircraft – which is believed to be owned and operated by Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise – was flying a 413-mile (664km) flight between the region’s capital of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and the town of Palana. 

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The company’s 1982-built An-26B, RA-26085 (c/n 12310), is thought to be the aircraft involved. 

Alexander Zabolichenko, deputy government head of Kamchatka said preliminary reports suggest the aircraft had 21 passengers – including two children – and six crew on board. There are no reports on the condition of those on board. 

Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise owns and operates a fleet of two An-26s. Wikimedia Commons/Gleb Osokin 

“All emergency services have been alerted and sent to inspect the route of the plane,” Zabolichenko added. “Two helicopters and a special plane are examining the area of the plane’s route [and] rescuers from Palana are ready to move toward a place where the aircraft will be found.” 

According to the state-owned RIA news agency, the head of the local government in Palana, Olga Mokhireva, was among the passengers onboard the aircraft which lost contact with air traffic control. 

Local media reports suggest that the aircraft crashed into the sea and a signal from its black box has been detected. 

This is a breaking story and we will update this story as it develops.