Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Flight 251 (2021)
Aviation accident in Russia on July 6, 2021
|Date||6 July 2021|
|Summary||Collided with steep cliff; under investigation|
|Site||Near Palana Airport, Palana, Kamchatka Krai, Russia |
|Aircraft type||Antonov An-26B-100|
|Operator||Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Enterprise|
|ICAO flight No.||PTK251|
|Call sign||PETROKAM 251|
|Flight origin||Elizovo Airport, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia|
|Destination||Palana 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. 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.
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. Upon receiving the weather information, the captain was given "clear coordinates of the route" during the final approach. The last contact with the aircraft was at 14:50 local time (02:50 UTC).
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. The weather in the area was cloudy. The aircraft reportedly collided with a steep cliff.
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. A weak signal was received from an ELT. Wreckage was sighted at 21:00 local time (09:00 UTC). 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. 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. Due to the geographic features of the landscape, the search and rescue operations were deemed difficult. High waves forced rescuers to suspend operations in the sea during the night. A three-day mourning period was declared in the region. Several countries expressed condolences, including the United States, Greece, Turkey, Serbia and Pakistan.
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.
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