MOSCOW, Oct. 10 – An L-410 plane crashed near a city in the Tatarstan region on Sunday, killing 16 people and wounding seven, the RIA news agency said, citing emergency services.
The plane was carrying a group of paratroopers on board, the Emergencies Ministry said, according to the TASS news agency. Seven people were rescued alive from the wreckage, he said.
The aircraft was a Let L-410 Turbolet, which is a short-range twin-engine transport aircraft.
Russian aviation safety standards have improved in recent years, but accidents, especially those involving aging planes in remote regions, are not uncommon.
An old Antonov An-26 transport plane crashed in the Russian Far East last month, killing six people. All 28 people aboard an Antonov An-26 twin-engine turboprop were killed in an accident in Kamchatka in July.