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MOSCOW, November 7 (Itar-Tass) - The report about an alleged emergency landing of an Antonov-26 passenger plane near Salekhard, in Russia’s Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area, was most likely an unfortunate joke of radio pirates, an air traffic control source has told Tass.
The source said information about the emergency landing came through a special radio frequency used to transmit distress signals from aircraft. “But most likely it was a highly unfortunate joke of radio pirates,” he said.
Law enforcement agencies look into the incident.
Earlier, spokesperson for the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations Irina Rossius told Tass that an An-26 passenger plane with 26 people on board had made an emergency landing 90 kilometers away from Nadym because of engine failure.
EMERCOM’s Urals centre spokesman Vadim Grebennikov said “the plane landed 205 kilometers away from Salekhard, there are no settlements close to the landing site”.
According to a source from a regional law enforcement agency, “the An-26 crew reported that the plane had made an emergency landing 90 kilometers from Nadym and that nobody had been killed,” the source said.
Communication was intermittent, and then the radio contact was lost, he said. “Its route is unknown, and there is no flight report either,” law enforcement sources in the region said.
Besides, they said that according to early reports “the plane itself is not on the register of small aircraft”.
The transport police of the Urals tries to establish where the plane belongs. According to early reports by transport police, all planes taking off on schedule had successfully landed at the airports of destination.
Meanwhile, a rescue team of ten people with marsh buggies and two Ural army trucks is heading for the landing area.
Because of bad weather conditions a helicopter with rescuers cannot fly to the site where the plane supposedly landed. Meanwhile, an An-26 plane is ready to take off for radio search.