An aircraft carrying parachutists crashed in central Russia on Sunday, the emergencies ministry said, with 16 people feared dead.
The L-410 plane carrying 23 people crashed around 9:23am local time (0623 GMT) during a flight over the republic of Tatarstan, the ministry said on its Telegram channel, adding that seven have been rescued from the debris.
The remaining 16 are “without signs of life,” a representative of the emergency services told the RIA Novosti news agency.
Images published by the ministry showed the aircraft broken in half with a severely dented nose.
The local health ministry said that the seven survivors are in hospital, one is in “very serious condition”, RIA Novosti reported.
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According to the Interfax news agency, the plane belonged to the Voluntary Society for Assistance to the Army, Aviation and Navy of Russia, which describes itself as a sports and defence organisation.
Two L-410 aircraft suffered fatal accidents in Russia earlier this year.