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Plane crashes in Russia: 16 victims reported

Source : 112 Ukraine

he aircraft had been carrying 20 parachutists and two crew members. Six people were in a serious condition
18:56, 10 October 2021

Wreckage of the L-410 plane
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A plane carrying a group of parachute jumpers crashed after takeoff in the Russian region of Tatarstan, killing 16 people and injuring six, the Emergencies Ministry said according to Reuters.

At a height of 70 metres, the pilots reported that their left engine had failed and attempted an emergency landing near the city of Menzelinsk, trying to turn the plane leftward to avoid an inhabited area, the regional governor said.

But the aircraft's wing hit a Gazelle vehicle as the plane landed and it overturned, Tatarstan's governor Rustam Minnikhanov said.

The aircraft had been carrying 20 parachutists and two crew members. Six people were in a serious condition, the Health Ministry said.

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The Let L-410 Turbolet twin-engine short-range transport aircraft was owned by an aeroclub in the city of Menzelinsk. The aeroclub declined to comment, citing a law enforcement investigation into the incident.

The Investigative Committee, which probes serious crimes, said it had opened a criminal investigation into a suspected violation of safety regulations.

The state-run Cosmonaut Training Centre has suspended its ties with the aeroclub pending an investigation, TASS cited a source as saying.

Russian aviation safety standards have been tightened in recent years but accidents continue to happen, particularly in remote regions.

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