Footage from a helicopter shows the tragic wreckage of a passenger plane in Russia that crashed today (July 6) with all 28 people onboard killed.
In the clip, the Antonov An-26 twin-engine plane appears to have crashed into a cliff on its journey from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana.
The trees near the crash appear to have been sheared off in the impact and there is a blackened blast zone where the fuel exploded.
Most of the plane appears to have shattered into tiny pieces and the footage shows debris scattered on the top of the cliff and further down the mountain.
The plane was carrying 22 passengers, including a seven-year-old child, and six crew members.
Russian media claimed debris from the wreckage was found four kilometres (2.5 miles) from the village of Palana, where the plane was due to land.
It was expected to touch down at about 1pm local time but suddenly vanished from radar after losing contact with air traffic control just before landing.
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"All that is known at this time, what has been possible to establish, is that communication with the plane was interrupted and it did not land," Valentina Glazova, spokesperson for the local transport prosecutor’s office, told news agency AFP.
The pilot was named as Dmitry Nikiforov, and the co-pilot Alexander Anisimov, 27.
Russian prime minister Mikhail Mishustin has ordered a special commission to find out what had happened to the plane.
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The Antonov An-26 is a model of turboprop plane designed in the Soviet Union from 1969 to 1986 and the plane that has crashed was built in 1982, Russian state news agency Tass reported.
In March this year, an Antonov An-26 flown by Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee crashed while attempting to land at Almaty Airport, with two of the six people on board surviving the crash.
In September last year, a Ukraine Air Force An-26 plane crashed during a training exercise and 25 passengers were killed instantly.
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