Russian plane crashes in Tatarstan region, 16 dead

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.

Seven passengers were injured in the plane crash near the city of Menzelinsk in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, on October 10, 2021.
Russian Emergency Ministry / Brochure via REUTERS

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