Plane with 71 passengers aboard crashes near Moscow

Plane with 71 passengers aboard crashes near Moscow

Plane with 71 passengers aboard crashes near Moscow

All 65 passengers were from Orenburg, the Russian region to which the plane was flying, a spokesman for the regional governor told Interfax news agency.

Video showed the wreckage of the Saratov Airlines flight strewn across a snow-covered field, about 50 miles southeast of Moscow.

Debris and human remains were spread over a radius of a kilometer from the crash site, investigators said.

Eyewitnesses told Russian media that the jet was on fire as it went down. Following the crash, emergency ministry of Russian Federation said that it was verifying the reports of the crash.

Witnesses reported seeing the passenger plane on fire as it plummeted to the ground, Interfax said.

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

Radio contact with the seven-year-old Russia-made plane was lost at 14:21 Moscow time (1121 GMT), several minutes after the takeoff.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry said it had sent crews to the crash site, which is reported to be near the village of Argunovo.

The jet was heading toward the city of Orsk close to the border with Kazakhstan.

Plane fragments were found in the Ramenskoye area, about 40km from the airport.

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Andrei Odintsov, the mayor of Orsk, said six psychologists and four ambulances were working with relatives in the small airport.

Tass reported that the craft re-entered service for Saratov Airlines in February 2017.

Among possible causes of the crash may be weather conditions, pilot error or technical malfunction, according to Tass.

Russian Federation has struggled with a poor airline safety record for years.

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