All passengers survive after crash landing in Siberia | New

The flight from the city of Kedrovy to the regional capital of Tomsk carried between 13 and 17 passengers.

All 19 people aboard a Russian Antonov An-28 passenger plane that disappeared from radar in Siberia survived after the plane crash-landed on Friday, the Emergencies Ministry said.

The plane – operated by SiLA, a small airline offering regional flights in Siberia – disappeared while flying from the town of Kedrovy to the city of Tomsk.

However, the plane was located after helicopters were sent to search for it.

The ministry said all 19 people on board survived and were now being evacuated from the site.

The incident comes less than two weeks after a similar plane, an Antonov An-26, crashed into a cliff in poor visibility conditions on the remote Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s far east, killing all 28 people on board.

An Antonov-28, the same type of plane that went missing over Tomsk, crashed in a forest in Kamchatka in 2012, killing 10 people. Investigators said both pilots were drunk at the time of the crash.

Russian aviation safety standards have improved in recent years, but accidents, especially involving aging planes in remote areas, are not uncommon.