An-28 passenger plane crash in Kamchatka causes fatalities

An Antonov An-28 passenger plane crash-landed in the northern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's Far East, the Kamchatka territorial administration reported on Wednesday.

Radio contact with the plane, which was en route from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky's Yelizovo airport to the township of Palana with 11 passengers and 2 crewmembers on board, was lost at 12:28 p.m. local time, when the plane was approaching Palana for landing. The plane was later discovered lying on its side about 10 kilometers away from the Palana airport.

At least ten people were killed in the crash.

"A child salvaged earlier has died from injuries before he was delivered to the hospital. Four casualties are being evacuated to a medical institution now. All of them are in critical condition," the Emergency Situations Ministry's Far Eastern regional center told Interfax.

All those who have survived the crash of an Antonov An-28 passenger plane in the northern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula will be transported to the district hospital in the township of Palana.

"The casualties will be delivered to our hospital. We are ready to admit anyone brought here," a hospital official told Interfax.

"The hospital has enough medicines. All local doctors have been mobilized. We are expecting a helicopter to arrive here within minutes," he said.

A landing site for a helicopter has been prepared near the hospital, he said.

Twelve rescuers are working at the scene now.

"The evacuation process is proceeding in difficult conditions. Those injured were put on stretches and then carried to a helicopter landing pad, which is located at some distance from the crash site. The terrain is difficult to access, which complicates the operation," it said.

The helicopter is still near the crash site.

The Investigative Committee told Interfax that a team of investigators has rushed to the scene.

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