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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Sources have said that 23 people were on board, including a group of parachute jumpers.
  • Emergency services people could recover seven of the passengers, whereas 16 of them showed no signs of life.
  • Russia has been witnessing a number of plane crashes this year, with an Antonov An-26 transport plane and two L-410 planes colliding in the country.

On Sunday, an L-410 plane faced a severe crash near the town of Menzelinsk, situated in the Republic of Tatarstan of Central Russia. At least 16 people are expected to be dead and a significant number of passengers injured ahead of the collision. According to the emergency service sources, sixteen of the recovered bodies were “without a sign of life”, whereas, seven were rescued alive.

The Emergencies Ministry had stated that the 23 people were on board , which included a group of parachute jumpers. One of the seven survivors who were recovered is in “extremely serious condition”, according to the local health ministry. The model of the aircraft was Let L-410, and it consisted of twin engines. The plane was used for short range transports.

Safety measures in order to prevent aviation hazards have improved over time in Russia, yet it fails to eliminate the problem of air accidents which take place principally due to the presence of ageing aeroplanes in the gliding vehicles sector. Earlier last month at least 6 people were killed when an Antonov An-26 transport plane collided in Russia’s far east. Other accidents this year include crashes of two L-410 aeroplanes.

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