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Six dead after plane crash in Russian far east involving ageing plane

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By Reuters

<div> <p><span class="caps">MOSCOW</span> – All six people on board an ageing Antonov An-26 transport plane that crashed in the Russian far east the previous day have been killed, Russia’s emergency services ministry said on Thursday. </p> <p>The plane, which the <span class="caps">TASS</span> news agency said belonged to a company that performed technical checks at Russian airports and was 42 years old, disappeared from radar screens on Wednesday. </p> <p>The emergency services ministry said on Thursday it had discovered the wreckage in hard-to-access terrain and that a rescue team had hiked for more than five hours to reach the location.</p> <p>“Unfortunately, as a result of the crash there are no survivors,” the ministry said in a statement. </p> <p>Russian aviation safety standards have improved in recent years but accidents, especially involving ageing planes in far-flung regions, are not uncommon. In July, all 28 people on board an Antonov An-26 twin-engine turboprop died in a crash in Kamchatka, also in the far east.</p> <p/> </div>