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An aeroplane carrying parachutists crashed in Moscow on Sunday, killing 16 people on board.

The plane carried parachutists and crew members.

At a height of 70 metres, the pilots reported that their left engine had failed and attempted an emergency landing near the city of Menzelinks, trying to turn the plane leftward to avoid an inhabited area the regional governor said, reports Reuters.

The plane hit a vehicle as it was trying to do an emergency landing.

EWN reports that the L-410 plane carrying 22 people crashed around 9:23AM local time during a flight over the republican of Tatarstan.

The ministry said on its Telegram channel that six people were rescued while 16 passengers were reported dead upon emergency services’ arrival on the scene. The six survivors are currently being hospitalised.

The plane belonged to the Voluntary Society for Assistance to the Army, Aviation and Navy of Russia (VSAAANR), which describes itself as a sports and defence organisation, reports Interfax. The head of the VSAAANR said that the parachuting club that organised the flight wasn’t to blame.

Ravil Nurmekhametov told TASS news agency that the club had hosted European and world championships.

Image credit: Sky News

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