Moscow Sixteen people were killed Sunday when an L410 light plane crashed, killing 21 paratroopers and two crew members in the town of Menzelinsk, east of the Russian republic of Tatarstan, the Russian Ministry of Regional Affairs reported. was given. Emergencies
“At 9:23 (6:23 GMT) we received information about a light plane crash near the city of Menzelinsk,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Emergency Situations said, referring to Interfax.
Fire and rescue units, which rushed to the scene, contained the blaze and evacuated seven survivors from the plane, according to the emergency ministry’s press service.
Authorities attributed the crash to a technical glitch.
An emergency services spokesman told TASS the plane, belonging to a local air club, crashed shortly after takeoff just one kilometer from the airfield.
The L-410 is a Czech twin-engine aircraft that can carry 19 passengers or 1.8 tons of cargo over a distance of 1,500 km.
One of its main features is that it can be used on airplanes with short and ground runways.