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Missing Russian Plane in Siberia Found, All 18 On Board Alive: Officials


The plane went missing in the Siberian region of Tomsk. (Image for representation)

The plane went missing in the Siberian region of Tomsk. (Image for representation)

The Interfax and TASS news agencies said there were 13 people on board while the RIA Novosti agency said there were 17.

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  • Last Updated:July 16, 2021, 18:51 IST
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A plane carrying 18 people that went missing Friday in the Siberian region of Tomsk has been found and survivors have been spotted, Russian officials said.

“The site of the plane’s hard landing was discovered. They see living people,” Russia’s emergencies ministry said in a statement.

The Russian An-28 passenger plane with 17 people on board went missing on Friday.

The RIA Novosti, TASS and Interfax news agencies said the plane had disappeared from radars with 17 people on board.

Interfax and TASS had earlier said there were 13 people on board.

Interfax said the plane had been carrying out a flight for regional airline Siberian Light Aviation and was due to land in the regional capital Tomsk.

The reports said the plane’s emergency beacon had been activated and that a search was underway.

The incident comes after an An-26 plane crashed earlier this month in Russia’s far eastern Kamchatka peninsula, killing all 28 people on board.

Antonov planes were manufactured during the Soviet era and are still used throughout the former USSR for civilian and military transport. They have been involved in a number of accidents in recent years.

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