The Mi-8 helicopter, flying from Novosibirsk with 3 crewmembers and 13 passengers on board, crashed near the Western Siberian town of Kemerovo at 5.45 a.m. GMT, said Vladimir Berdnikov, a spokesman for the Emergency Situations Ministry's regional center.
He said all the passengers were paratroopers.
An investigation is underway to establish the causes of the crash.
The Mi-8 is a Russian-made multi-purpose transport helicopter similar to French Puma. It has a crew of three and can carry up to 28 passengers.