The bodies of victims of a plane crash found in the Russian Far East

Moscow — The day after the plane crash in a remote area of ​​the Russian Far East, rescue teams found the bodies of 19 victims, officials said.

Antonov An-26, carrying 28 people, crashed on Tuesday near Palana, a destination in the Kamchatka region. Probably because it landed in bad weather. The plane missed scheduled communications and disappeared from the radar on its way from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Parana on Tuesday morning.

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On July 6, 2021, the plane on which many people were aboard in Kamchatka’s Far East region of Russia went missing. (AP)

Search and rescue operations were suspended until Wednesday morning after dawn, as debris was found on coastal cliffs and the sea on Tuesday evening, making it difficult to access the crash site in the dark.

Kamchatka Governor Vladimir Solodov told the state’s Tass news agency that “the first body has been pulled out. [of the water].. The Russian Ministry of Emergency said that the bodies of 19 victims had been found so far, one of which had already been identified.

Russian media reported on Tuesday that neither the six crew members nor the 22 passengers survived. According to a Kamchatka government spokesman, Olga Mokireva, the head of the local government of Parana, was among the passengers.

Mr Solodov said Tuesday that a group of high-ranking government officials, including Transport Minister Vitaly Savelev, will head to Parana on Wednesday.

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This photo was taken from a video released by the Russian Ministry of Emergency Press on July 7, 2021, and was found near the destination airport outside the town of Palana in the Far East of Russia. Missing Antonov An-26 Shows some of the wreckage of a missing plane. .. (Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations Press Service via AP)

In the aftermath of the crash, Kamchatka officials declared a three-day memorial. Victims’ families will receive more than 3.5 million rubles (about $ 47,200), including compensation from airlines, insurance and subsidies from local governments, officials said.

Police are investigating the case and are investigating the causes of three crashes: bad weather, equipment malfunction, and pilot error.

On Wednesday morning, President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the victims’ families.

In 2012, an Antonov An-28 plane belonging to Kamchatka Airlines Enterprise crashed into the mountains while flying the same route as Tuesday’s flight. A total of 14 people were on board, 10 of whom died. Both pilots who were among the dead were found to have alcohol in their blood, Tass reported.

By Daria Litvinova

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