July 29, 2021

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The plane that went missing from radar in Siberia was found with 18 people “alive”

Officers Russian The Antonov On-28 was found alive with all its people on board, according to the country’s authorities and the Russian airline Rosavia. The machine went missing from radars on Friday in the Tomsk region
Siberia West. The plane, operated by Sila, “stopped communicating” when connecting the small town of Ketrovi with Tomsk, regional officials said in a statement. “Fifteen passengers and three crew members were found alive (…) alive,” Rosaviatzia said in a statement, adding that the survivors were being taken to Tomsk.

Several helicopters were sent to search for On-28 in the southern Tomsk region. “The emergency landing site is located,” the regional Ministry of Emergency Situations said in a statement. Survivors were found. The region’s air relief, citing the Interfox agency, noted that the plane was “very damaged”. “All the passengers and crew are alive,” an official from Sila told Interfax, which has not yet been confirmed by authorities.

An aircraft manufactured in 1989

The disaster comes a week after another accident involving Antonov. On July 6, an AN-26 crashed while landing on the Kamchatka Peninsula (Far East), killing all 28 people on board. Basically made in Soviet times, Antonovs is still used in civil and military aviation throughout the former Soviet Union. They have been involved in many dangerous accidents in recent years.

The plane, which went missing on Friday, was built in 1989, according to Interfox. It was operated by the national company Aeroflot, then in Kyrgyzstan in 2014 before entering service in Chilaw. This type of short-haul aircraft has a capacity of 17 passengers.

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