the essential The plane crashed about twenty minutes after takeoff. An engine failure is believed to be the cause of the accident.
Six people rescued
The aircraft, made in the Czech Republic and type L – 410 s ‘crashed about twenty minutes after takeoff, the crew having detected an engine failure, according to local authorities. “Six people were rescued, 09 were found without sign of life,” the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said on Telegram messaging.
The aircraft belonged to a local club of the paramilitary organization DOSAAF, the Volunteer Society for Assistance to the Army, Aviation and the navy, according to the Russian Interfax news agency. DOSAAF is the heir to the Military and Scientific Society which was created in 1920 by the USSR to popularize military knowledge among the Soviets, especially in the aerospace field, and to strengthen their patriotic values.
Among those who received training at DOSAAF airfields are the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, and the first female cosmonaut , Valentina Tereshkova. Even today, the company’s flying clubs across the country, such as Menzelinsk, are widely used for training cosmonauts. “There was nothing wrong with the Menzelinsk flying club, we are the best (…), cosmonauts train here”, assured the head of the local branch of DOSAAF, Ravil Nourmekhametov, quoted by the official TASS agency.
After the crash, the plane broke in two under the impact, according to images released by the Ministry of Situations of emergency.
Only the six paratroopers who were sitting at the end of the plane and wearing helmets survived, the club instructor said local aerospace company, Oleg Chiporov, at the TASS agency.
“One parachutist had only bruises on, and he got off the plane on his own,” Chiporov said. All the survivors were however hospitalized and one of them is “in serious condition”, according to the RIA Novosti agency, which quotes a source at the local Ministry of Health.
The crash was caused by an engine failure, said Tatarstan leader Roustam Minnikhanov, who visited the scene . “While at 70 meters altitude, the pilots reported that a left engine had stopped working and called for an emergency landing “, he declared, during a televised intervention on the public channel Rossia 24.
According to Mr. Minnikhanov, the crew tried to move away from nearby localities to land the plane, “but apparently the altitude did not allow it”. The plane hit a pickup truck with one of its wings and rolled over, he said.
An investigation for violation of the rules of safety and operation of air transport has been opened, according to the Russian Investigation Committee, in charge of main files in the country.
Russia, long known for its numerous accidents, has significantly improved its aviation safety over the years 2000, but crashes still occur quite frequently, especially in sparsely populated areas such as the Far East.