MOSCOW – An airplane met An group of skydivers crashed in the Russian region of Tatarstan on Sunday, killing 16 people and injure six, the Ministry of Emergency Situations said.
The plane that came down in near the city of Menzelinsky had 20 paratroopers and two crew members on board. Six people goods in a serious condition, the health ministry said.
A Let L-410 Turbolet twin-engine short-range transport plane, the plane was owned by a flying club in the city of Menzelinsk, the TASS news agency reported.
cosmonauts use the area for training and the aero club has hosted local, European and world championships, the club’s director Ravil Nurmukhametov was quoted by TASS as saying.
The state-run Cosmonaut Training Facility has suspended its links with the aero club in pending an investigation, TASS quoted a source as saying.
The RIA-bureau quoted the local authorities as saying: one of the engines could have failed.
photos of some of the paratroopers on board pose in kit of with a plane was circulated on the REN TV channel and on social media.
Russian aviation safety standards have been tightened in in recent years, but accidents still happen, met name in remote regions.
An obsolete Antonov An-26 transport plane crashed in the russian far east last month killing six people. All 28 people on board an Antonov An-26 twin-engine turboprop died in An crash in Kamchatka in July.
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