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Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Flight 251 (2021)

Aviation accident in Russia on July 6, 2021

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Flight 251 (2021)
RA-26085, the Antonov An-26 involved in the crash, in 2020
Date6 July 2021 (2021-07-06)
SummaryCollided with steep cliff; under investigation
SiteNear Palana Airport, Palana, Kamchatka Krai, Russia
59°06′28″N 159°50′52″E / 59.1078°N 159.8478°E / 59.1078; 159.8478Coordinates: 59°06′28″N 159°50′52″E / 59.1078°N 159.8478°E / 59.1078; 159.8478
Aircraft typeAntonov An-26B-100
OperatorPetropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Enterprise
ICAO flight No.PTK251
Call signPETROKAM 251
Flight originElizovo Airport, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
DestinationPalana Airport, Palana, Russia

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Flight 251 (PTK251) was a domestic Russian scheduled passenger flight from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana. On 6 July 2021, the Antonov An-26 serving the flight crashed on approach to Palana. All 28 people on board were killed.


The accident aircraft was an Antonov An-26, registration RA-26085, msn 12310, belonging to Kamchatka Air Enterprise. It was built and first flew in 1982.[1][2] In 2012, an Antonov An-28 assigned to the same flight route and number also crashed while on its approach to land at Palana Airport.[3]


The crash site on the day of the accident

Flight 251 was a domestic scheduled passenger flight from Elizovo Airport, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana Airport, Palana, Russia. The flight departed from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky at 12:57 local time (00:57 UTC) and was due to land at Palana at 15:05 local time (03:05 UTC). The aircraft passed safely through the area control centers and on 14:09 was transferred to the ATC of Tigilsky District, where the captain contacted Palana for information on weather conditions.[4] Upon receiving the weather information, the captain was given "clear coordinates of the route" during the final approach.[4] The last contact with the aircraft was at 14:50 local time (02:50 UTC).[5]

The aircraft was on final approach for landing when contact was lost about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away from Palana's airport. No go-around was reported by ATC.[6] The weather in the area was cloudy.[7] The aircraft reportedly collided with a steep cliff.[4]


The crash site was found on the same day, after the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations had dispatched a helicopter and deployed search teams on the ground.[8] A weak signal was received from an ELT. Wreckage was sighted at 21:00 local time (09:00 UTC).[5] The aircraft debris were fragmented. A fuselage fragment was found on the slope of the Pyatibratka hill and another fragment was located in the sea, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from the coast.[9] All 28 people on board were killed.

By 7 July the bodies of 19 victims had been recovered by a team of 51 rescue workers.[10] Due to the geographic features of the landscape, the search and rescue operations were deemed difficult.[7] High waves forced rescuers to suspend operations in the sea during the night.[2] A three-day mourning period was declared in the region.[10] Several countries expressed condolences, including the United States,[11] Greece,[12] Turkey,[13] Serbia[14] and Pakistan.[15]


The Interstate Aviation Committee is responsible for investigating aviation accidents in Russia. The Investigative Committee of Russia proposed three possible causes of the crash: inclement weather, technical failure, or pilot error.[10]


  1. ^ "RA-26085 accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b Thomas Grove; Georgi Kantchev (6 July 2021). "Wreckage of Russian Plane Carrying 28 Found in Far-Eastern Region". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  3. ^ Ferrara, Lee (12 September 2012). "Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Antonov An-28 Plane Crashes in Russia, 10 Killed". Airnation.net. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b c David Kaminski-Morrow (7 July 2021). "No survivors after Kamchatka An-26 collided with steep cliff". Flight Global. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  5. ^ a b Hradecky, Simon (6 July 2021). "Crash: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky AN26 near Palana on Jul 6th 2021, missing aircraft impacted edge of coast". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Авиакомпания: разбившийся на Камчатке Ан-26 не заходил на второй круг перед посадкой" [Airline: An-26 crashed in Kamchatka did not go around before landing] (in Russian). Kommersant. 7 July 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Plane with 28 people on board crashes in Russia's far east". France 24. 6 July 2021. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  8. ^ "No survivors from plane crash in Russia's far east, rescue officials say". Reuters. 6 July 2021. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Появились первые кадры с места крушения самолета Ан-26 на Камчатке" [The first footage from the crash site of the An-26 aircraft in Kamchatka appeared] (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 6 July 2021. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  10. ^ a b c "Спасатели нашли тела 19 погибших при крушении Ан-26 на Камчатке" [Rescuers found the bodies of 19 victims of the An-26 crash in Kamchatka] (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 7 July 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  11. ^ "Посол США выразил соболезнования в связи с крушением Ан-26 на Камчатке" [US Ambassador expresses condolences in connection with the An-26 crash in Kamchatka] (in Russian). Izvestiya. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Greece Expresses Condolences to Russia Over Fatal Air Crash". The National Herald. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  13. ^ "Turkey extends condolences to Russia over deadly plane crash". Yeni Safak. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  14. ^ "Вучич выразил соболезнования Путину в связи с авиакатастрофой на Камчатке" [Vucic expressed condolences to Putin in connection with the plane crash in Kamchatka] (in Russian). TASS. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  15. ^ "Pakistan Embassy condoles loss of lives in Russian plane crash". DND. Retrieved 6 July 2021.