Passenger plane crash in Siberia leaves 4 dead, 12 injured

Four people on board, including one of the pilots, were killed, while 12 others were injured in the crash.

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L-410 aircraft belonging to a Russian aviation company (Image: Sputnik)

The plane, operated by Sila Airlines (a Russian airline that operates turboprop jets for regional flights in Siberia), was en route from the city of Irkutsk to an airport area in Kazachinskoye, about 500 km northeast. According to the Russian prosecutor, the pilots tried to make a turn but the plane eventually crashed in the Taiga forest, about 4 km from the airport. The plane then caught fire, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

According to media reports, at least 16 people, including two crew members, were on board. Four of these people died in the plane’s collision with the ground, while others were injured. Local emergency services and rescue teams were immediately dispatched to the scene of the plane crash, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said.

The cause of the accident has not yet been determined. Preliminary data suggest that the tragedy could have been caused by a pilot’s technical error or the plane’s engine failure, according to a source in the Russian air service cited by TASS.

The Let L-410 Turbolet is a twin-engined short-range transport aircraft manufactured by the Czech company Let Kunovice. The aircraft is designed to be able to land on short and unpaved runways. The plane involved in the September 12 incident was manufactured in 2014.

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