10 dead in Russian plane crash

Sept. 12, 2012 at 7:59 AM

PALANA, Russia, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- At least 10 people were killed Wednesday in a plane crash on Russia's far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula, a local official said.

The twin-engine Antonov An-28 was attempting to make an emergency landing when it went down in a wooded area, the Russia news agency RIA Novosti reported.

Kamchatka's special programs minister said the plane was on a flight from the regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to an airfield in the village of Palana when it lost contact with air traffic control.

The plane was carrying 12 passengers, two of them children, and a crew of two when it crashed.

Four survivors of the crash were taken to a local hospital in serious condition.

Investigators said they have not ruled out mechanical failure, weather or crew error as possible causes of the crash.

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