Russia: at least 15 people die in a plane crash

Fifteen people died this Sunday and seven were seriously injured when a plane carrying civilian paratroopers crashed in central Russia, reported the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

“Seven people were rescued and 15 show no signs of life,” they said from the Ministry’s Telegram account.

The plane, made in the Czech Republic and from type L-410, crashed at 9.23 (3.23 Argentina time) in Tatarstan, with 22 people on board. According to the images released by the Ministry and later reproduced by AFP, the plane was split in two by the impact

The seven 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 of assistance to the Army, the aviation and the navy.

Russia has improved aviation safety since the 2000s, but accidents are still common, especially in sparsely populated areas like the Far East.

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