L-410 civil aircraft – Photo: TASS
The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry confirmed the accident happened at 6:15 p.m. on September 12 (Moscow time).
The investigative agency said that the L-410 passenger plane from the city of Irkutsk (southeast Russia) to Kazachinkoye made an emergency landing about 4km southwest of the destination.
Interfax news agency said the crew reported an equipment failure prior to landing and that the crash occurred as the plane attempted to land a second time.
The plane caught fire on landing, falling into the taiga forest. There were 16 people on the plane, including 14 passengers and 2 crew.
Several people were injured and tried to get out of the plane. Rescuers arrived and took 12 people to the hospital.
“One person was seriously injured, the rest were injured in varying degrees,” TASS news agency quoted a separate source as saying.
The source added that the bodies of those killed were still at the site of the accident.
A spokesman for the local government told TASS that medical leadership and a team of qualified doctors had flown to Kazachinkoye.
The Russian Investigative Committee has launched a criminal investigation on charges of violating aviation safety rules.