A Let L-410 Turbolet plane has crashed near a city in Russia‘s Tatarstan region,
killing 16 people and injuring seven, according to the RIA news agency
NSL Learnt: The light engine L-410 aircraft had 23 people on board, As well as the 16
people were thought to be dead, seven more were injured, One of the seven injured is
said to be in the hospital in a critical condition.
The plane, which had been in operation for 34 years, was used for training
paratroopers at the Menzelinsky flying club.
It crashed immediately after take-off, one witness said, having been flying low over
trees. One report from Komsomolskaya Pravda said the plane was “overloaded”.
“The aircraft was overloaded, its left engine failed,” said the report.
Eyewitness Oksana said: Oksana, eyewitness: “I started taking photos, after (my
husband) said it was falling.
“We were around the petrol station at that moment. We turned around and drove there.
“And it was on fire (after the crash), well, actually there was no fire but smoke.
“My husband pulled out a fire extinguisher, and then people started pulling out
(victims).” Images from the scene show the twisted metal of the wreck, which did not
burst into flames after crashing.
The two pilots, both of whom are thought to have died in the crash, were named as
Mikhail Belyaev, 50, and Alexander Zykov, 51.
In recent weeks, Russia has seen several planes crashes involving small aircraft.
An ageing Antonov An-26 transport plane crashed in the Russian far east last month
killing six people.
All 28 people on board an Antonov An-26 twin-engine turboprop died in a crash in
Kamchatka in July.