Russian plane feared lost makes emergency landing in Siberia

World Saturday 17/July/2021 08:09 AM
By: DW
Russian plane feared lost makes emergency landing in Siberia
The plane that briefly went missing was an Antonov AN-28 like this one, operated by a regional Siberian airline

Moscow: Everybody on board a Russian passenger plane survived when it made an emergency landing in Siberia on Friday. According to Interfax, there were two pilots and 16 passengers on board.

The Antonov-28 plane came down in the city of Tomsk after being reported as missing earlier.

Russia's emergencies ministry said two helicopters had been sent to search for the plane, but it found everyone alive and began helping survivors at the site.

Pilots Anatoly Prytkov, 56, and Faruh Khasanov, 32, were credited with landing the aircraft safely in rough terrain after one of its two engines failed.

What happened during the flight?

The plane's emergency beacon had been activated earlier, signaling it was in distress.

Radio contact was lost at around midday local time (0500 GMT) after the plane disappeared from radars during the one hour and 20 minute flight.

The Antonov-28 is a small short-range, Soviet-designed turboprop used by many small carriers across Russia and some other countries.

Two weeks ago, an Antonov-26 plane carrying 28 people crashed in the far east of the country.

Russian media said the six crew members and 22 passengers died in that incident.

Officials later found the wreckage on a coastal cliff side and in the sea. The aircraft involved had reportedly been in service since 1982.