These are the first images of a light aircraft that crashed near a remote village in far-eastern Russia today, killing both pilots.
The Antonov An-2 light aircraft crashed near the village of Koryaki in the district of Yelizovsky in the far-eastern Russian region of Kamchatka Krai on the afternoon of 11th February.
The plane crash was witnessed by local residents, who immediately contacted the emergency services.
The regional Ministry of Emergency Situations (MoES) released images of first responders extinguishing the smouldering wreckage and confirmed that two pilots transporting cargo in the light aircraft were killed at the scene.
The ministry said: “On the afternoon of February 11, 2022, the operational team of the Crisis Management Centre of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia for Kamchatka Krai received information from eyewitnesses who observed the fall of the An-2 light aircraft near the village of Koryaki, Yelizovsky District.
“Rescuers from the Koryaki village fire station, the Lesnoy village fire station, the Rescue Centre of the Russian Emergencies Ministry and the personnel of one of the military units are on their way to the scene.”
The aircraft was reportedly travelling to Tymlat in Kamchatka Krai with cargo when it encountered an onboard fire.
First responders found one of the deceased pilots in the wreckage and came across the second victim a short time later.
MoES said a military unit of 43 people and nine vehicles attended the crash site.
According to the Far Eastern Transport Prosecutor’s Office in Khabarovsk Krai, the crash appears to have been caused by an onboard fire. However, the Investigative Committee of Russia is still probing the incident.