Russian Plane Crash: A plane carrying skydivers in central Russia crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday, killing 15 of the 22 people on board. The Czech Republic-built L-410 plane crashed near the city of Menzlinsk, about 960 kilometers (600 mi) east of Moscow.
The Ministry of Emergency Situations said seven people were pulled alive from the rubble, of whom at least one was found seriously injured. The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained. The injured have been admitted to the hospital for treatment.
According to Xinhua news agency, the plane carrying two crew members and 20 parachutists crashed soon after taking off from the local airport. Both the pilots were killed and the survivors were admitted to the hospital in critical condition. The L-410 is a double engine light aircraft, which can carry 19 passengers. It is working since 1987.
According to the information, earlier this year, two L-410 planes had a fatal crash in Russia in which a total of eight people died. Russia was ‘notorious’ for plane crashes, but in recent years major airlines have improved air traffic safety with the switch from Soviet-era aircraft to modern jets.
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