A small plane carrying 17 people has gone missing over Siberia and sent out a signal suggesting it has crashed, Russian officials have said.
The regional branch of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said the Antonov An-28 was carrying 14 passengers, including four children, and three crew members.
It added that the plane disappeared on Friday in the Tomsk region in western Siberia and that a search operation has been launched.
The local Sila airline plane was flying from the town of Kedrovoye to the city of Tomsk.
The flight crew had not reported any problems before the plane disappeared, officials said, but its emergency beacon was activated, signalling that it had a forced landing or crashed.
The An-28 model is a small, short-range, Soviet-designed turboprop used by many small carriers across Russia and some other countries.
Its disappearance comes 10 days after another Russian plane crashed while preparing to land in bad weather on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East, killing all 28 people on board.
The investigation into the crash of that An-26 plane is ongoing.
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