Russian plane crash kills all 71 passengers on board
A Russian passenger plane has crashed after leaving Moscow’s Domodedovo airport with 71 people on board.
A plane operated by Russia’s Saratov Airlines crashed near Moscow on Sunday, 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.
What do we know about Saratov Airlines?
Saratov Airlines is based in Saratov, 840km south-east of Moscow.
In 2015 it was banned from operating international flights when surprise inspectors found someone other than the flight crew was in the cockpit.
The airline appealed against the ban and changed its policy before resuming international charter flights in 2016.
It flies mainly between Russian cities but also has destinations in Armenia and Georgia.