An aircraft carrying parachutists crashed in central Russia on Sunday, October 10, killing sixteen persons, according to the Russian emergency ministry.
According to the ministry, the L-410 plane carrying 22 people crashed around 9:23 a.m. local time (0623 GMT) while flying over the Republic of Tatarstan.
“Six persons were rescued, while 16 were brought out without showing any signs of life,” according to the ministry.
The airplane was carrying 23 people, according to the government. The ministry released photos of the plane that showed it had been shattered in half.
According to the local health ministry, the six survivors are being treated at hospitals.
Tatarstan head Rustam Minnikhanov was travelling to the scene of the crash, a statement on his website said.
According to Interfax, the plane belonged to the Voluntary Society for Assistance to the Army, Aviation and Navy of Russia, which describes itself as a sports and defence organisation.
The head of the organisation’s regional branch said the parachuting club that organised the flight was not to blame.
“We are the best, we are among the top five clubs,” Ravil Nurmekhametov told TASS news agency, adding that the club had hosted European and World championships.
“Cosmonauts train here,” he said.
The Czech-built L-410 light aircraft was one of the two planes used by the club, according to its website.