An Antonov An-26 plane with 22 passengers and six crew members, flying from the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the town of Palana, went missing early Tuesday in the Russian Far East region of Kamchatka, local officials reported.
The plane, belonging to a company called Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise, was reportedly an Antonov An-26, which had been in operation since 1982, Russia’s state news agency Tass reported.
The company’s director, Alexei Khabarov, told the Interfax news agency the plane was technically sound.
Media reports say an investigation has been launched along with a search mission. However, those same reports suggest the plane may have crashed into the sea, but there has been no official confirmation of that yet.
In the meantime, two helicopters and an airplane were deployed to check the missing plane’s route, local officials said.