Russian An-26 aircraft disappeared from radar in the Khabarovsk region, 38 kilometers southwest of the Khabarovsk-Central airfield, a source in Russia's emergency services told
"An An-26 aircraft disappeared from radar in the Khabarovsk region during the flight. There were six people on board," the source said, adding that there was no communication feed with the jet.
According to the source, the An-26 performed a technical flight to check communications facilities. The crew did not report any issues aboard.
A search and rescue helicopter was immediately sent in search of the An-26 missing but could not find it due to poor visibility, the regional government official confirmed. "Because of the bad weather ground groups are likely to be send," he said.
The Russian Emergency Ministry confirmed the An-26 plane missing near the city of Khabarovsk. The search and rescue operation was organized with the help of the Mi-8 helicopter of the Federal Air Transport Agency. The Mi-8 of the Russian Ministry of Emergencies is also ready to take part in the search.
The plane belongs to Russia's Flight Inspections and Systems Cjsc. Since April 2009, the company has been on 24-hour duty for search and rescue support of flights conducted by the Central and Volga departments of the Federal Air Transport Agency.