- There were 23 people on board
- This is the second time the accident has happened recently
- The injured were rushed to hospital
The plane crashed near the town of Mensilinsky. International media reports quoted the emergency ministry as saying that 20 paratroopers and two pilots were on board. The Russian Ministry of Health said all six people injured in the crash were in critical condition.
The Let L410 short-range twin-engine aircraft was involved in the accident. The accident happened around 9.30 am local time. The plane was owned by an aeroclub in the city of Mensilinsk, the Tass news agency reported. The accident happened in an area used by Russian astronauts for training. Aeroclub director Ravil Nurmukhamitov told the news agency that the championships were held here, involving people from the region and other European countries. Meanwhile, the Russian government-owned space research and training institute has reportedly suspended its partnership with the institute due to an ongoing investigation.
The RIA news agency quoted local officials as saying that the cause of the accident was believed to be an engine failure of the aircraft. Authorities said six people were rescued from the scene and 16 had no signs of life.
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It is clear from the footage that the crashed plane split in two and the front end was completely destroyed. Initial reports said 15 people had died in the crash. The injured were rushed to hospitals in the area, officials said. Provincial head Rustam Minikhov has been sent to the scene.
Russia has recently tightened aviation rules in the wake of an increase in plane crashes in isolated areas. Footage of the parachuting team posing with kits in front of the crashed plane has also been circulating on the REN TV channel and social media.
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Another recent small plane crash killed 28 people in Russia. The old Antonov An-26 plane crashed in eastern Russia. All the passengers on the plane were killed in the crash. The plane crashed near Kamchatka in July.
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