Authorities said that a passenger plane carrying 28 people crashed at the eastern end of Russia on Tuesday, the latest blow to the growing but aging domestic aviation industry.
Authorities said that Kamchatka lost its radio contact with the air traffic control department about 10 minutes before it was expected to land in the city of Parana near the Sea of Okhotsk. A few hours later, the aerial search team found part of the aircraft’s fuselage in the sea and on the coast. According to reports from Russian news organizations, there are no survivors to believe. Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise Flight 251 appeared to hit a cliff during its second attempt to land on a foggy day. Kamchatka said: “It is speculated that this accident occurred during a round-trip approach during a low-visibility landing.” The governor of the region, Vladimir Solodov, said in a statement.
This incident was the third major disaster in Russian commercial aviation in three and a half years. In 2018, an An-148 regional jet sank in a field shortly after taking off from Moscow, killing all 71 people on board. In 2019, a Russian-made Sukhoi SSJ-100 aircraft made an emergency landing on the Moscow runway, killing 41 people. This was at least a passenger plane flying from Petropavlovsk, a major city on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Rana’s second failure.
In 2012, an An-28 crashed into a mountainside while approaching a remote town of approximately 3,000 people, killing 10 people. In recent years, the Russian aviation industry has modernized, with the state-owned airline Aeroflot operating approximately 200 Boeing and Airbus aircraft. But in remote areas, airplanes are sometimes the only way to travel, and airlines still rely on Soviet-era propeller planes flying at low altitudes. The Kamchatka Peninsula is a sparsely populated, snow-capped mountains, geysers, and volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean in northern Alaska.
The regional airline Kamchatka Aviation Company operates from its Petropavlovsk-Kamchatka hub provides services in three towns. The airline’s chief executive Aleksey Khrabrov (Aleksey Khrabrov) said that the crashed plane “fully complied with safety regulations.”
According to the national news agency TASS, the aircraft involved was first put into service in 1982. The news agency said that its previous airlines include Mali Airlines and the United Nations in Africa, which have been flying in Kamchatka since 2013. Within hours of the crash on Tuesday, the local government announced the names of the people on board: 6 crew members and 22 passengers, including two children. The authorities said that bad weather is a possible cause.
Law enforcement authorities said they are still checking the possibility of technical failures and pilot errors. An emergency services official told Interfax: “The plane was approaching landing in bad weather conditions, with low visibility and crosswinds.” “He didn’t succeed the first time, and the second time he hit the cliff without noticing.”