L-410 accident near Menzelinsk in 2021


October 28, 2021

The L-410 accident near Menzelinsk is a plane crash that occurred in the Menzelinsk city area (Tatarstan, Russia) on October 10, 2021. [1] [2] Immediately after taking off from the local airfield, the L-410 aircraft belonging to Russia's DOSAAF [3] began to lose altitude and crashed. On board were 22 people (20 paratroopers and 2 crew members). Only six people survived. [1] [2] [4] [5] [6]


The crashed aircraft had registration RF-94591, serial number 871826. [1] It was manufactured in April 1987. [1] [2] [3] [7] He began to operate in 1987 in the USSR Air Force, then in the Russian Air Force, in January 2014 he joined the DOSAAF. [3]

Crew and passengers

There were two pilots on board: Mikhail Belyaev, 60-year-old commander of the aircraft. [8] 61-year-old co-driver Alexander Zykov. [8] There were 20 paratroopers on board, all of them Russian citizens. [9] [10]


At 09:05 Moscow time, the plane took off from Menzelinsk airfield. [11] At an altitude of about 70 meters, the aircraft's left engine failed, the pilots reported to the air traffic controller at the aerodrome. [11] [12] The L-410 began to lose altitude. At 09:11 the plane hit the ground, hitting a Gazelle van, a pile of firewood and a reinforced concrete fence with its wing. [1] [2] [11] [13] The collision completely destroyed the fuselage and wings, [2] No fire followed. [1] [2]


The Central Directorate for Interregional Transport Investigation of the Investigative Committee of Russia launched an investigation into the accident. [14] [15] [16] The failure of one of the engines, [12] and the errors of the crew, [2] are considered among the possible causes of the crash. Another possible cause was overload. [17] [18]


Rescue work began at the accident site, which was soon completed. A total of 47 people and 15 teams participated in them. [2] The Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center suspended cooperation with the flight club in Menzelinsk while investigating the causes of the plane crash. [19] [20] Russia's DOSAAF has suspended the flights of all its L-410 type aircraft. [21]


The Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its condolences regarding the plane crash. [22] [23] [24] The Turkish Foreign Ministry also expressed its condolences. [25] [26] Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a telegram to Russian President Vladimir Putin with condolences for the disaster. [27] [28] The President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, sent a telegram to Vladimir Putin, in which he expressed his condolences and expressed hope for a speedy recovery for the victims of the disaster. [29] [30] The President of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, instructed to prepare proposals to provide assistance to the families of those killed and injured in the accident [31] and flew to the scene of the accident. [32] [33] [34] October 11 in Tatarstan was declared a day of mourning. [35] [36] The Superjet 100 of the Russian Emergency Ministry flew to Naberezhnye Chelny to transport the victims to Moscow. On board is the First Deputy Minister of Civil Defense of the Russian Federation, Alexander Chupriyan. [37] On October 11, the Tatarstan authorities signed a decree on payments in the amount of 1 million rubles to the families of those killed in the accident, and 400 thousand rubles to the victims. [38] [39]

See also

Annex: Most Serious Aviation Accidents (1953-present) Annex: Notable accidents and incidents in civil aviation Annex: Accidents

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