Nineteen people killed and three injured after Russian aircraft crashes

The L-410 light-engine aircraft had 23 people on board, according to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, of whom up to 19 were believed to be dead after the crash on Sunday morning

The plane crashed in Tatarstan in the east of the country

A paratrooper squad was killed after a plane crash in Russia.

Russian news sources reported that 19 people were killed after the passenger plane crashed in Tatarstan in the east of the country.

According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the L-410 light-engine aircraft had 23 people on board.

In addition to the 19 people believed to be dead, three others were injured, reported Interfax.

The number of deaths is currently unclear, the Russian government announced that seven people were taken alive from the plane.

The L-410 crashed in the city of Menzelinsk this morning
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Their current well-being and the fate of the other 16 are not yet known.

The aircraft, which has been in service for 34 years, was used to train paratroopers at the Menzelinsky Aviation Club.

It crashed immediately after takeoff, said a witness after flying low over trees.

Pictures from the crime scene show the twisted metal of the wreck, which did not go up in flames after the crash.

In the past few weeks, Russia has seen several plane crashes involving small planes.

Another L-410 hit the ground in Irkutsk in September, two months after another plane hit near Kemerovo. crashed

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