‘Nightmare’ plane crash kills 16 parachutists as ‘overloaded’ jet engine fails

A plane crash in Russia has led to the death of 16 passengers, with only six survivors.

An “engine malfunction” was the reason behind the crash, with the survivors only managing to pull through due to a “miracle”, according to reports.

The twin engine L-410 was reportedly training parachutist enthusiasts from the Menzelinsky flying club – who had paid £90 for the jump – when it crashed in the Tatarstan region.

A report from Komsomolskaya Pravda said: "The aircraft was overloaded, its left engine failed.”

Eyewitness, Oksana, said: “I started taking photos, after my husband said it was falling. We were around the petrol station at that moment. We turned around and drove there.

“And it was on fire [after the crash], well, actually there was no fire but smoke. My husband pulled out a fire extinguisher, and then people started pulling out [victims].”

Pictures from the crash scene show the plane broke in two at the scene with the wings detached following a crash landing.

According to reports among the dead are both pilots – Mikhail Belyaev, 50, and Alexander Zykov, 51 – after successfully managing to steer the plane away from houses.

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Only two passengers on board were reported to be female, both of which lost their lives, with all six survivors reported as male.

This news comes only a week after eight people lost their lives when a plane crashed into a two-storey office building in Milan, Italy.

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