At least 16 people have died this Sunday when a plane carrying civilian paratroopers crashed in central Russia, as reported by the Ministry of Emergency Situations.
The aircraft, manufactured in the Czech Republic and of type L-410, crashed at 09:23 (06:23 GMT) in the Republic of Tatarstan, with 22 people on board. It was snapped in two by the impact, according to images transmitted by the ministry.
The six survivors were hospitalized and one of them is “in serious condition,” said the RIA Novosti agency, citing a source from the local Health Ministry.
According to the Interfax press agency, the plane belonged to a local club of the paramilitary organization DOSAAF, a society for assistance to the army, aviation and the navy.
Russia has greatly improved aviation safety since the 2000s, but accidents are still common, especially in sparsely populated areas like the Far East.