'Four dead' in Siberia plane crash

An L-410 passenger plane similar to this one has crashed in Siberia (file pic).
An L-410 passenger plane similar to this one has crashed in Siberia (file pic).

Four people have been killed and four badly injured when a small plane crashed in Russia's Kemerovo region in southwestern Siberia, the local emergency medical service says.

TASS news agency had earlier reported that at least seven people were killed when the twin-engine L-410 aircraft crashed near the Tanay aerodrome, which provides parachuting services.

It also cited the office of the local prosecutor as saying the crew had sent a distress signal about engine failure.

A medical services spokesman told Reuters the injured were being airlifted to hospitals.

Social media showed pictures of the heavily damaged plane with an ambulance nearby.

A spokesman at a Siberian branch of Russian civil aviation agency Rosaviatsia said a search and rescue operation was under way, declining to provide details.

Australian Associated Press