Possible plane crash in Russia after radio contact lost

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Radio contact with an aircraft carrying almost 30 people has been lost in eastern .

An-26 aircraft have crashed into sea near Kamchatka peninsula or hit ground near a village, several Russian agencies Tuesday, citing sources in .

Earlier, the Russian Civil Defence had confirmed that the radio contact with the pilots had been lost.

The plane was reportedly its way from the capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, to the town Palana.

The aircraft have crashed 10 kilometres outside Palana, according to local , citing the authorities.

The Russian Federal Agency for Air Transport (Rosaviatsiya) said conditions were foggy as the plane prepared to land.

There were weak radio signals from the Sea Okhotsk the Pacific Ocean, according to Interfax news agency.

According to preliminary information, 28 people were on board, including six crew members.

Meanwhile, a civil defence units has been deployed to the area to search for the plane and dispatched a helicopter with doctors and staff on board.