Pilot Hailed as Hero After Crash Landing in Siberia

Authorities feared the worst after turboprop disappeared from radar in Siberia
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2021 10:52 AM CDT
All Passengers, Crew Survive Crash Landing in Siberia
The Antonov planes at Airport Elizovo outside Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia.   (AP Photo/Marina Lystseva)

Less than two weeks after the crash of an Antonov An-26 aircraft killed 28 people in Siberia, authorities feared the worst when a similar aircraft disappeared early Friday. It went off the radar soon after departing the town of Kedrovy for a short flight to Tomsk. But helicopters sent to search for the missing Antonov An-28 turboprop discovered that all 19 passengers and crew had survived what authorities describe as a "hard landing" in rough terrain, Sky News reports. Authorities say the aircraft, operated by regional airline SiLA, came down following an engine failure shortly after take-off. Pilot Anatoly Prytkov is being hailed as a hero for landing the plane in a swampy area without loss of life, reports the Siberian Times. (More Russia stories.)

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