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At least 16 killed in Russian plane crash in Tatarstan region

An L-410 plane crashed near a town in the Tatarstan region on Sunday, killing 16 and injuring seven, the RIA news agency said, citing emergency services.

According to the TASS news agency, a group of parachute jumpers were on board the plane, the emergency ministry said. Seven people were pulled alive from the rubble.

The aircraft was the Let L-410 Turbolet, a two-engined short-range transport aircraft.

Russian aviation safety standards have improved in recent years but accidents, especially those involving aging aircraft in remote areas, are not uncommon.

An old Antonov An-26 transport plane crashed in Russia’s Far East last month, killing six people.

All 28 people aboard the Antonov An-26 twin-engine turboprop were killed in an accident in Kamchatka in July.

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