Russia. Several dead in a plane crash in the Tatarstan region | News | DW

At least 16 people were killed and seven injured on Sunday when an L-410 plane crashed in the Republic of Tatarstan, east of Moscow, Russian media reported.

What we know about the accident

The Russian Emergencies Ministry confirmed that 23 people were on board. They also said the plane was carrying paratroopers.

The plane crashed around 09:23 local time (06:23 UTC), the ministry said, adding that seven people had been rescued from the debris so far.

Local health authorities said seven survivors are hospitalized and one is in “very serious condition”, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.

In addition, the other 16 are “without signs of life”, a rescue worker told RIA Novosti.

And the plane?

The short-range Let L-410 Turbolet is made by the Czech manufacturer Let Kunovice. It is often used by small airlines and some armies. It is known for its ability to operate in adverse weather conditions and to land on small unpaved runways.

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

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

Russian aviation safety standards have improved in recent years, but accidents, particularly involving aging planes, are not uncommon. Last month, an Antonov An-26 twin-engine turboprop crashed in the Russian Far East, killing six people. Meanwhile, all 28 people aboard a twin-engine Antonov An-26 turboprop died in an accident in Kamchatka in July.

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Rose D. Jones