The Investigative Committee of Russia (TFR) has opened a criminal case on the fact of the crash of the L-410 light-engine aircraft in the Mezelinsky district of the Republic of Tatarstan. This is reported on the agency’s website.

“A criminal case has been initiated in the 384th Military Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation under part 3 of Article 263 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation,” the message says. The incident is qualified as a “violation of the rules of traffic safety and operation of air transport, which caused the death of two or more persons by negligence.”

During the hard landing of the L-410, 16 people were killed. At the time of the crash, there were 20 parachutists and two pilots in the plane. The survivors were hospitalized. The scene is being examined by investigators of the Central Military District. At the moment, employees are interrogating eyewitnesses of the crash.

Earlier it was reported that the possible cause of the crash of the L-410 light-engine aircraft near the city of Menzelinsk in Tatarstan could be the failure of one of the aircraft engines.