All six people on board a Russian transport plane that crashed outside the country’s far eastern city of Khabarovsk on Wednesday are dead, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday, citing emergency services sources.
The wreckage of the Antonov An-26 transport aircraft was discovered by a search team after it disappeared from radars screens on Wednesday evening.
Photos from the scene showed debris from the aircraft scattered across broken tree branches.
“All members of the crew died. We extend our condolences to the families,” the Khabarovsk branch of the health ministry said in a statement.
The TASS news agency said plane belonged to a company that performed technical checks at Russian airports and was 42 years old.
The emergency services ministry said the wreckage was discovered in hard-to-access terrain and it had taken more than five hours to reach the site.
Investigators said they are now looking into the cause of the crash.