At least seven parachutists have been killed and more than a dozen other people injured after a twin-engine L-410 aircraft crashed in a forest in southwestern Siberia, Russian media says.
TASS news agency, citing an emergency services source, said up to 17 people were injured in the crash near the Tanay aerodrome.
It said the plane crashed into a nearby forest in the industrial region of Kemerovo Oblast and cited the local prosecutor's office as saying the crew had sent a distress signal about an engine failure.
A spokesman at a Siberian branch of Russian civil aviation agency Rosaviatsia told Reuters a search and rescue operation was under way, declining to provide details.
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