Two pilots have been killed in a plane crash on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East.

The Emergency Situations Ministry in Kamchatka said on February 11 that a private An-2 single-engine biplane crashed overnight near the village of Koryaki while transporting cargo to the village of Tymat.

It said firefighters and rescue teams worked for several hours to extinguish the fire caused by the crash.

“Rescue groups that arrived at the site to search for possible survivors discovered the bodies of the two crew members,” the ministry said.

Accidents involving ageing planes are common in Russia’s Far East.

All 28 people on board an An-26 aircraft died in a crash in Kamchatka in July.

In September, another An-26 plane crash in the Far East region of Khabarovsk killed six crew members.

Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax