16 deaths in paratrooper plane crash in Russia

A plane crash in Central Russia killed sixteen people. The other six occupants were injured, the Health Ministry reports.

The two-engine aircraft, a Let L-410, had twenty paratroopers from a regional flight club and two crew members. The aircraft crashed in the vicinity of Menzelinsk, a city in the Russian Autonomous Republic of Tataria.

The pilot would have tried to make an emergency landing. There have been reports that the device was too heavily loaded or was suffering from a technical failure.

The aircraft ended up in a rural area about 1100 kilometres east of Moscow:

Its the third L-410 accident in Russia in a few months. Last month, four people were killed in a crash in the Siberian region of Irkutsk.

In June, an L-410 aircraft with paratroopers crashed in the Kemerovo region. Nine people lost their lives in that crash.