Plane Crashes in Kamchatka, Killing 10
- The Moscow Times
- Sep. 13 2012 00:00
- Last edited 13:11
AnáAn-28 propeller plane carrying 14 people crashed ináthe far eastern region ofáKamchatka onáTuesday, killing 10 ofáthose onáboard.
Air traffic controllers lost contact with theáplane traveling fromáthe regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky toáthe town ofáPalana on theápeninsula's northwest coast around 12:30 p.m. local time, aástatement onáthe Kamchatka regional administration's website said.
AáMi-8 helicopter was sent inásearch ofáthe plane, which was run by the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airline, andáfound it about 10 kilometers fromáPalana, theástatement said.
Four people survived the crash, theástatement said andáInterfax reported. Thursday has been declared a day of mourning in Kamchatka.
Aástatement byáthe Investigative Committee cited aánumber ofápossible reasons foráthe crash, including poor weather conditions, aátechnical failure ináthe plane, andápilot error. Theástatement said anáinvestigation intoáthe 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.
Theáfour survivors of Tuesday's crash, among whom was aá13-year-old, two women andáa man, are inácritical condition ináa Palana hospital with aávariety ofábroken bones andáother injuries, theáKamchatka administration statement said. Theá13-year-old is ináa coma andáis ináthe worst condition ofáthe 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.
AáKamchatka region air traffic control source told Interfax that one possible reason foráthe crash being considered byáinvestigators is engine failure ináthe plane. Theásource also said there was bad weather near Palana atáthe time ofáthe crash, including torrential rains andáclouds as low as 400 meters fromáthe ground.