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Plane Crashes in Kamchatka, Killing 10

WikipediaAn An-28 plane like the one of the same model above crashed in Kamchatka on Tuesday.

An†An-28 propeller plane carrying 14 people crashed in†the far eastern region of†Kamchatka on†Tuesday, killing 10 of†those on†board.

Air traffic controllers lost contact with the†plane traveling from†the regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to†the town of†Palana on the†peninsula's northwest coast around 12:30 p.m. local time, a†statement on†the Kamchatka regional administration's website said.

A†Mi-8 helicopter was sent in†search of†the plane, which was run by the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airline, and†found it about 10 kilometers from†Palana, the†statement said.

Four people survived the crash, the†statement said and†Interfax reported. Thursday has been declared a day of mourning in Kamchatka.

A†statement by†the Investigative Committee cited a†number of†possible reasons for†the crash, including poor weather conditions, a†technical failure in†the plane, and†pilot error. The†statement said an†investigation into†the crash is under way.

The crash was the deadliest in Russia since a Utair-operated ATR 72 crashed just after takeoff in the Siberian city of Tyumen in April, killing 33 people. In May, a Sukhoi-built Superjet 100 collided with a mountain in Indonesia, killing all 45 people on board.

The†four survivors of Tuesday's crash, among whom was a†13-year-old, two women and†a man, are in†critical condition in†a Palana hospital with a†variety of†broken bones and†other injuries, the†Kamchatka administration statement said. The†13-year-old is in†a coma and†is in†the worst condition of†the four survivors, it said.

Most of the passengers were residents of Palana, a Kamchatka emergency official told Interfax. Palana has a population of about 3,500 people, according to the 2010 census.

A†Kamchatka region air traffic control source told Interfax that one possible reason for†the crash being considered by†investigators is engine failure in†the plane. The†source also said there was bad weather near Palana at†the time of†the crash, including torrential rains and†clouds as low as 400 meters from†the ground.

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