Sunday, 17 October, 2021

Military plane with 6 on board disappears in Russia

MOSCOW: A Russian An-26 military transport aircraft with six people on board disappeared Wednesday near the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk, the emergencies ministry said, reports AFP.

The ministry said that at 6:45 pm local time (0845 GMT) it learned that “an An-26 aircraft had disappeared from radar 38 kilometres (23 miles) from Khabarovsk airport”.

“According to preliminary data, there are six people on board,” the ministry added on its Telegram channel. The ministry said that a helicopter had been dispatched to search for the aircraft.

The search, however, was complicated by the onset of darkness in Khabarovsk and “unfavourable weather conditions”, the ministry said.