Satellite fixes signal from missing An-12

MOSCOW, August 9 (Itar-Tass) —— A satellite has fixed a signal from an An-12 plane, which disappeared in the Magadan Region on Tuesday, regional branch of Russia’s EMERCOM told Itar-Tass on the phone. The plane’s emergency beacon was spotted near the Omsukchan settlement.

An An-26 plane with rescuers on board and EMERCOM’s two Mi-8 helicopters took off to follow the route.

“According to latest information, there are eleven people on board,” Rosaviatsia said. As yet, there is no information about them. “The fog complicates the rescue operation.”

Earlier reports said that there were six crew members, two engineers and one passenger, who accompanied the cargo on board.

On Tuesday morning, An-12 disappeared from radars as the crew had reported a burning engine. The plane had eight or nine people on board, different sources say.

The plane of Khabarovsk’s AVIS-AVIA Company made a transport flight from Komsomolsk-on-Amur to Keeper /Chukotka/ with a technical landing in Magadan.

“After the take off from Magadan at 07:24 Moscow time, the crew reported a fuel leak and the decision to make an early landing, at 07:28 the crew reported an engine fire,” Rosaviatsia said.

Communication with the plane stopped at 07:34 as it was 310 kilometres from Magadan.


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