Sixteen feared dead in plane crash in central Russia

Moscow - Seven survivors are in hospital, with one in “very serious condition”


Published: Sun 10 Oct 2021, 12:27 PM

Last updated: Sun 10 Oct 2021, 12:39 PM

An aircraft carrying parachutists crashed in central Russia on Sunday, the emergencies ministry said, with 16 people feared dead.

The L-410 plane carrying 23 people crashed around 9:23am local time (0623 GMT) during a flight over the republic of Tatarstan, the ministry said on its Telegram channel, adding that seven have been rescued from the debris.

The remaining 16 are “without signs of life,” a representative of the emergency services told the RIA Novosti news agency.

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

The local health ministry said that the seven survivors are in hospital, one is in “very serious condition”, RIA Novosti reported.


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

Two L-410 aircraft suffered fatal accidents in Russia earlier this year.

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