Let L-410 turbolet twin-engine short-range transport aircraft, the plane was owned by an aeroclub in the city of Menzlinsk, TASS news agency reported.
Astronauts use the arena for training and the aeroclub has hosted local, European and world championships, club director Ravil Nurmukhametov was quoted by TASS.
TASS quoted a source as saying that the state-run Cosmonaut Training Facility has suspended its ties with the aeroclub to investigate.
The RIA agency cited local officials as saying that an engine may have failed.
Pictures of some parachutists in kits or on board with the aircraft were circulated on the Rain TV channel and social media.
Russian aviation safety standards have been tightened in recent years but accidents continue to happen, especially in remote areas.
An old Antonov An-26 transport plane crashed in Russia’s Far East last month, killing six people. All 28 people aboard the Antonov An-26 twin-engine turboprop were killed in an accident in Kamchatka in July.
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