An aircraft carrying a party of parachute jumpers crashed in the Russian province of Tatarstan on Sunday, the Emergencies Ministry reported. Six people were killed and six were injured.
The aircraft, which crashed near Menzelinsky, was carrying twenty paratroopers and two crew members. Six individuals were in critical condition, according to the Health Ministry.
The aircraft, a Let L-410 Turbolet twin-engine short-range transport, was owned by an aeroclub in Menzelinsk, according to the TASS news agency.
The location is used for training by cosmonauts, and the aeroclub has held regional, European, and global competitions, club director Ravil Nurmukhametov was cited as saying by TASS.
Six passengers were killed last month when an aging Antonov An-26 cargo aircraft crashed in Russia’s far east. In July, an accident in Kamchatka killed all 28 passengers aboard an Antonov An-26 twin-engine turboprop.
According to TASS, the state-run Cosmonaut Training Facility has terminated its links with the aeroclub while awaiting an inquiry.
According to the RIA news agency, local officials believe one of the engines may have failed.
On the REN TV station and on social media, photographs of many of the parachutists on board posing in kit or with an aircraft were shared.
Although Russian aviation safety regulations have been strengthened in recent years, accidents continue to occur, especially in isolated areas.