16 killed as light plane carrying skydivers crashes in Russian town of Menzelinsk

16 killed as light plane carrying skydivers crashes in Russian town of Menzelinsk

A plane carrying more than 20 skydivers crashed near the town of Menzelinsk in Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan on Sunday; killing 16 people and injuring six others, the local health ministry has said.

The L-410 light aircraft, which belonged to a local aero club, hit the ground immediately after takeoff, witnesses said. Its hull was destroyed by the impact; while the tail part mostly remained intact.


“As a result of a crash, 16 people were killed, while six wounded were hospitalized in medical institutions in the republic by ER vehicles and air medical aircraft;” Aleksey Kuznetsov, an aide to Minister of Health, said. The injured were in critical condition, he added.


The Emergencies Ministry had earlier put the death toll at 15; saying that  seven others had been rescued from the wreckage.


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There were 22 people on board the aircraft, 20 of whom were skydivers.


Some previous reports had claimed there were 23 people on the ill-fated plane, but local media reported that a relative of one of the victims had been mistaken for a passenger after arriving at the scene and falling ill before requiring hospitalization.


The Let L-410 Turbolet is a twin-engine short-range transport aircraft; which has been produced in the Czech Republic since the early 1970s.


In September, a similar aircraft crashed in Irkutsk Region in southeastern Siberia.


Four people were killed and 12 others were injured in the incident.

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