A Russian plane carrying 28 people has crashed into the sea after vanishing from radar, the emergencies ministry confirmed.
Six crew members and 22 passengers were on board, including a child, the ministry added.
The twin-engine An-26 aircraft set off earlier today (Tuesday 6 July) from regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, and had been heading towards the village of Palana in the north.
A spokesman for the ministry, speaking before the discovery of the crash, said: "An An-2 plane has disappeared from radar.
"We are trying to figure out what happened."
An emergencies official said: "The duty shift of the crisis management centre of the Russian Emergencies Ministry's Main Directorate in Kamchatka region received information that the An-26 aircraft, on a passenger flight from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana, did not get in touch at the specified time."
Regional deputy transport minister Anatoly Bannikov said: "It was supposed to arrive at the Palana airport at 15:05 (local time).
"The plane did not arrive at the appointed time.
"According to updated data, there were 28 people on board... six crew members and 22 passengers, including one child born in 2014."
The plane was coming in for landing when contact was lost about six miles away from Palana's airport, having missed a scheduled communication, local emergency officials said.
Olga Mokhireva, the head of the government in Palana, was on board, the Kamchatka government added.
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