Everyone survived but 16 suffered serious injuries, with three in a very serious condition, and were airlifted to the nearest hospital, Sakha’s regional authorities said in a statement.
The passengers were officers from the eastern Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk.
The defense ministry plane was due to land at Tiksi, around 4,300 km northeast of Moscow and beyond the Arctic Circle. The plane was found 30 km from the aerodrome at around 8 a.m.
The preliminary cause of the plane’s emergency landing was “a strong side-wind with gusts,” the authorities said.
The defense ministry said it had sent a specially equipped plane to evacuate those whose condition allowed them to travel to hospitals in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.