The L-410 plane carrying 23 people crashed around during a flight over the republic of Tatarstan in central Russia.

Sixteen people were killed after an aircraft carrying parachutists crashed in central Russia on Sunday, the emergencies ministry said.

The L-410 plane carrying 22 people crashed almost 9:23 a.m. local time (0623 GMT) when a flight over the republic of Tatarstan, the ministry told on its Telegram channel.

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

The ministry had earlier said that 16 people died and that the aircraft was carrying 23 people.

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

The six survivors were being hospitalized, the local health ministry told the agency. Tatarstan head Rustam Minnikhanov was flying to the scene of the crash, a statement on his website said. 

Army, Aviation, and Navy of Russia

According to Interfax, the plane belonged to the Voluntary Society for Assistance to the Army, Aviation, and Navy of Russia, which describes itself as a sports and defense organization.

The head of the organization’s regional branch said the parachuting club that arranged the flight was not to blame. 

Ravil Nurmekhametov said

“We are the best, we are among the top five clubs,” Ravil Nurmekhametov said the agency, adding that the club had hosted European and World championships. “Cosmonauts train here,” he said

  • The Czech-built L-410 light aircraft was one of the two planes used by the club, according to its website. 

Two L-410 planes suffered fatal accidents in Russia earlier this year, leaving a total of eight people dead.

Russia was notorious for plane accidents but has improved air traffic safety in recent years with major airlines switching from Soviet aircraft to modern jets.

But poor aircraft maintenance and lax safety standards still lead to frequent accidents in far-flung regions involving light aircraft, with occasional large-scale tragedies.

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Source: News18

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