Sixteen killed in Russian parachutists’ plane crash

Posted on October 10, 2021, 12:38 pm
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MOSCOW: Sixteen people were killed when a plane carrying parachutists crashed in central Russia on Sunday.

According to the details, the L-410 plane carrying 22 people crashed around 9:23 am (0623 GMT) near the town of Menzelinsk in the republic of Tatarstan.

“Six people were rescued, 16 were taken out without signs of life,” the emergencies ministry said.

The emergencies ministry had earlier said 15 people died and that the aircraft was carrying 23 people.

While the Menzelinsk club organises skydiving experiences for amateurs it has also hosted championships and training sessions for cosmonauts.

Meanwhile, Images published by the ministry showed the aircraft broken in half with a severely dented nose.

The six survivors were taken to hospital, the local health ministry said.

Tatarstan head Rustam Minnikhanov, who travelled to the scene, said pilots had reported an engine failure and requested an emergency landing shortly after taking off.

He said the plane tried to avoid a nearby residential area as it approached for landing but “the altitude didn’t allow it”.

The plane hit a parked van with its wing and the aircraft turned over.

Russian investigators have launched a criminal probe over the violation of safety rules.

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