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10th Oct 2021

16 dead and six injured in Russian plane crash

Danny Jones

16 dead in Russian plane crash

The aircraft crashed in Russia’s Tatarstan region

At least 16 people have been killed and at least six injured after a plane crashed in Russia’s Tatarstan region. The reason for the crash has yet to be ascertained.

As per to multiple outlets, the aircraft was said to be carrying a group of 21 parachute jumpers as well as the two crew members before coming down near the city of Menzelinsky around 9:23 am (06:23 GMT).

Seven people were initially pulled alive from the wreckage, however, one of those injured is believed to passed away shortly after, adding to the initial death toll of 15. Those who survived are in hospital and currently in a “very serious condition, according to RIA Novosti.

It is thought that the Let L-410 Turbolet – which is a twin-engine, short-range transport aircraft – may have suffered engine failure, leading the plane to eventually nosedive, though no cause has been officially confirmed as yet.

This isn’t the only Russian plane crash in recent times either: just last month an ageing Antonov An-26 transport plane crashed in the Russian far east, killing six people; in July, all 28 of those on board an Antonov An-26 twin-engine aircraft died in a crash in Kamchatka.

As has been widely reported over the past few months and years, the country also experiences a fairly frequent amount of non-fatal air incidents stemming from technical issues. Flying in Russia can be particularly dangerous in the vast country’s isolated regions where often extreme weather conditions can interfere with the onboard equipment.

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