Initially, there was talk of seven injured. According to the local health ministry, one man died in the hospital. The President of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnichanow, expressed his condolences to the relatives of the victims and ordered a “day of mourning” on Monday for the entire republic. He said at the scene of the accident that shortly after take-off the pilots informed them that the left engine had failed. They therefore planned an emergency landing.
Even hours after the crash, it was unclear exactly how many people had been in the machine. According to initial findings, there were two pilots and 20 passengers on board, and later it was reported that a total of 23 people were on board.
On social networks, pictures of the wreck could be seen in a pile of logs. Accordingly, the machine crashed on the ground near a village. Helpers reported that the plane caught fire and that the fire was quickly extinguished. The cause of the crash was suspected to be an overload of the aircraft or a technical failure, which is why the pilot tried an emergency landing. The crash site is 290 kilometers east of the republic capital Kazan.
Dozens of people have already died in several aviation accidents in Russia this year. The reasons are often violations of safety regulations, outdated technology or human error.