Plane crashes near Moscow, killing 71 people - agencies

Sunday, 2018-02-11 20:41:34
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A part of the AN-148 aircraft that crashed after taking off from Domodedovo Airport, outside Moscow, on Feb.11. (Photo:Reuters)
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A plane operated by Russia's Saratov Airlines crashed near Moscow on Sunday (Feb.11), killing all 71 people on board, news agencies said.

There were 65 passengers and six crew members onboard the plane which went missing from radars less than 10 minutes after taking off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport, TASS reported.

The plane - a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 - was bound for the Russian city of Orsk in the Orenburg region that borders Kazakhstan.
Russian state TV channel Rossiya-24 showed footage of fragments of the plane in a snow-covered field.

"Debris has been found, there are no survivors," TASS quoted a source as saying.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash. The Russian Transport Ministry was considering various possible reasons, including weather conditions and pilot error, Interfax said.

*Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended his condolences over the death of people in the An-148 passenger plane crash in the Moscow region and ordered to set up a government commission to probe into the crash, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday (Feb.11), according to the Tass news agency.

"The president has instructed the government to set up a special commission over the plane crash in the Moscow region," he said. "Putin also instructed relevant agencies to organize the search operation."

"The president offers his profound condolences to those who lost their relatives in the crash," Peskov said.