Four people were killed and fifteen others were seriously wounded after a plane carrying parachutists crashed in Siberia.
Four people were killed and fifteen others were seriously wounded after a plane carrying parachutists crashed in Siberia, authorities said.
The L-410 plane carrying 19 people crashed around 10:00am local time during a training flight at the Tanay airfield in the Siberian region of Kemerovo (Kuzbass).
The TASS news agency cited the local prosecutor’s office saying that the failure of one of the plane’s engines caused the crash.
“At the moment it is known that as a result of the accident four people died. Information about other victims is being specified,” the Investigative Committee said in a statement.
The committee said it had opened a probe into violation of traffic safety rules and the operation of air transport.
Kemerovo regional governor Sergei Tsivilyov said 19 people on board, four had died, four were in serious condition and the other 11 were injured.
Anton Duzhik, spokesman for the Kuzbass Center for Disaster Medicine, told AFP that the four people in serious condition had been evacuated by helicopter and were being treated.
He said the 11 others who were injured did not did not suffer anything “demanding” and were examined at the site of the crash.
TASS reported that the Tanay airfield hosts an amateur parachuting center.
It added that the plane belonged to the Voluntary Society for Assistance to the Army, Aviation and Navy of Russia, which describes itself as a sports and defense organization.
The director for the organization’s Kemerovo region branch, Viktor Shemokhanov, told TASS that the plane did not have any known issues.
“The plane was making its fourth flight of the day, and, of course, was in good condition,” he said.