The emergency ministry confirmed that all 19 individuals on board a Russian Antonov An-28 passenger plane that vanished from radars in Siberia survived after the plane made a rough landing on Friday.
The plane, which was operated by SiLA, a tiny airline that flies regional flights in Siberia, went missing while travelling from Kedrovy to Tomsk.
Russia’s Emergencies Ministry provided an undated handout image on July 6, 2021, according to Reuters.
A identical plane, an Antonov An-26, crashed onto a rock in Russia’s far east earlier this month, killing all 28 people on board.
The plane was eventually found after helicopters were dispatched to look for it.
All 19 persons on board had survived, according to the ministry, and were presently being evacuated from the scene.
A similar aircraft, an Antonov An-26, crashed onto a cliff in poor visibility conditions in the remote Kamchatka peninsula in Russia’s far east, killing all 28 persons on board less than two weeks ago.
In 2012, an Antonov-28 jet, similar to the one that went missing above Tomsk, crashed in a Kamchatka forest, killing ten passengers. Both pilots were allegedly inebriated at the time of the crash, according to investigators.
Although Russian aviation safety standards have improved in recent years, accidents, particularly involving old planes in remote areas, are nevertheless regular.
The plane was eventually found after helicopters were despatched to look for it.