Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Russian Plane Carrying 71 People Reportedly Crashes Near Moscow

Russian Plane Carrying 71 People Reportedly Crashes Near Moscow

The Saratov Airlines An-148 regional jet was traveling from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport to the Russian city of Orsk, about 1,000 miles to the southeast. According to preliminary data, there were 65 passengers and six crew members aboard the plane.

Witnesses in the village told local media they saw a burning plane falling from the sky.

President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences to the victims' families and announced an inquiry into the cause of the crash. Russian Federation has experienced record snowfalls in recent days and visibility was reportedly poor.

The Antonov An-148, which was operated by Saratov Airlines, came down near the village of Argunovo, 50 miles south-east of the capital on Sunday. Russia's Emergencies Ministry confirmed the crash and said it was investigating the scene, and that fragments of the plane have been found.

Eyewitnesses reported to the emergency services about the fall of an aircraft in the Ramensky district of the Moscow region.

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A source told Russian media there were "no survivors".

Tass reports it re-entered service for Saratov Airlines in February 2017. Russia's Investigative Committee will consider all possible causes, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Russian airlines have frequently been cited for safety lapses. According to media reports from Russian Federation, everyone on the plane died.

The city's mayor told the Rossiya 24 TV channel a team of psychologists was working at the airport to comfort people.

Plane crashes are common in Russian Federation, where airlines often operate ageing aircraft in testing conditions.

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