At least 7 paratroopers killed in plane crash in Siberia


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MOSCOW (Reuters) -At least seven paratroopers were killed and more than a dozen injured after an L-410 twin-engine plane crashed in a forest in Russia’s Kemerovo region in southwest Siberia Russian media reported on Saturday.

The TASS news agency, citing an emergency services source, said up to 17 people were injured in the crash near Tanay airfield.

He said the plane crashed in a nearby forest. He cited the local prosecutor’s office as saying the crew had sent a distress signal about an engine failure.

A spokesperson for a Siberian branch of the Russian civil aviation agency Rosaviatsia told Reuters that a search and rescue operation was underway, declining to provide details.

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