Rescue workers found the bodies of nine passengers from a plane that crashed on the remote Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East, regional officials said on Wednesday (July 7).
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«51 The rescued team continues to work on the site as livestockThe Ministry of Local Emergency Situations said in a statement that a body had been identified and that a small local company plane with 22 local passengers and six crew on board had disappeared from radar on Tuesday, July 6, as it was about to land in the coastal city of Palana.
After several hours of research into difficult conditions caused by the weather and the geography of the terrain, the rescuers, by foot and helicopter, finally located the crash site.
The governor of Kamchatka, a sparsely populated but vast region popular with tourists for its volcanoes and jungles, said it had melted off the coast and into the Sea of Okhotsk. Images from the crash site show a large black mark on a cliff that sank several hundred meters into the sea.
The Soviet-designed Antonov An-26 connects the regional capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, with Palana when it ceases broadcasting. Investigators indicated they were reviewing crash reports due to bad weather, a technical problem or a pilot error. On-26 was manufactured in the Soviet Union from 1969 to 1986. It has suffered several dangerous accidents, killing four soldiers in Kazakhstan in March.