All 18 On Board Missing Russian Plane Found Alive

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  • The latest incident follows a July 6 crash of an An-26 plane in Russia’s far eastern Kamchatka peninsula, killing all 28 people on board.

A Russian plane carrying at least 17 people that went missing on Friday in the Siberian region of Tomsk has been found and survivors have been spotted, officials said.

The plane, operated by Siberian Light Aviation (SiLA), was flying from the town of Kedrovy to the regional capital Tomsk when communication was lost, Governor Sergei Zhvachkin’s office said in a statement.

It said 17 people were on the plane bincluding three crew members and four children, though the emergencies ministry later said there were 19 people on board.

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The ministry announced later that the plane had been found, apparently after making a “hard landing”, and that survivors had been seen.

Russian news agencies quoted officials saying it appeared that all the passengers and crew had survived.

News agency TASS reported that the An-28 plane had passed all safety checks but cited a SiLA executive as saying that the flight had been delayed by 10 hours because of bad weather.

The latest incident follows a July 6 crash of an An-26 plane in Russia’s far eastern Kamchatka peninsula, killing all 28 people on board.

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