Plane carrying multiple passengers goes missing near city after takeoff

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A plane carrying at least 13 passengers has gone missing in Russia, foreign media reports.

Officials lost contact with the airliner outside the Siberian city of Tomsk, the Interfax news agency reports.

The Antonov-28 plane had taken off from the town of Kedrovy before disappearing.

A source told news agency TASS: "The aircraft disappeared from radar in the Bakcharsky district. Its emergency locator beacon went off.

"There are 17 people on board, including four children and three crew members."

Earlier this month, a plane crash in Russia killed 28 people, including one child.

All 22 passengers, including a seven-year-old, and six crew members aboard the Antonov An-26 twin-engined propellor aircraft died in the tragedy.

The plane, which was reported missing on July 6, was found in the Kamchatka peninsula, in Russia's far east.

The wreckage was scattered on a coastal cliffside and in the sea.

It was expected to touch down at about 1pm local time, but vanished after losing contact with air traffic control just before its final approach.

An investigation into the cause of the tragedy was launched and a number of ships were despatched to the crash site, RIA quoted emergency services as saying.

Valentina Glazova, spokeswoman for the local transport prosecutor’s office, told news agency AFP: “All that is known at this time, what has been possible to establish, is that communication with the plane was interrupted and it did not land."

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