The plane was carrying 32 passengers and seven crew when it came down near Tiksi in the Bulun district of Russia's far East region.
The plane was carrying out a scheduled flight from Kansk when it came down about 30km (18 miles) short of Tiksi at 04:45 (19:45 GMT Sunday).
The plane broke into three pieces in what appears to have been an emergency landing. Three Mi-8 helicopters were despatched to the crash site by Russia's Emergency Ministry .
Weather conditions were reportedly bad in the area when the crash happened.
The ministry sent a special commission to investigate the accident.