16 Killed After Plane Crash in Central Russia

A plane carrying skydivers crashed in central Russia, killing 16 people on board and seriously injuring six others on Oct. 10.

The L-410 aircraft took off at around 9 a.m. near the town of Menzelinsk in the Republic of Tatarstan and had 20 parachutists and two crew members on board when it crashed shortly afterwards, according to the Investigative Committee of Russia.

The committee has launched a criminal investigation into the incident, citing a violation of traffic safety rules and the operation of air transport.

According to Russian news agency TASS, the pilots reported an engine failure before the crash and that the plane was not in the state register.

The Volunteer Society for Cooperation with the Army of Russia suspended all flights of the L-410 type pending the investigation, TASS reported.

Ravil Nurmehametov, the head of the Menzelinsky branch of the Central Aero Club, said that the plane passed all items in the checklists and “worked in the most wonderful way.”

“There were no prerequisites. It took off normally, but at an altitude of 70 meters, a command was heard that the engine failed. They were controlling the situation. They acted in accordance with all the necessary instructions,” Nurmehametov said, as quoted by state-owned news agency RIA Novosti.

Nurmehametov added that the plane was capable of an emergency landing and that the crew were “very experienced.”

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