Russian Plane With 71 On Board Crashes Near Moscow

MOSCOW — A Russian plane carrying 71 people crashed shortly after takeoff in the Moscow region Sunday afternoon, most likely killing all onboard, according to local news reports.

Flight 703, operated by Saratov Airlines, was carrying 65 passengers and six crew members from Domodedovo Airport to Orsk when it went down near the village of Argunovo, about 50 miles southeast of Moscow, Sputnik news agency reported.

Fragments of the plane and many bodies were discovered near the village of Stepanovskoe, the official news agency Tass reported, citing a spokesman for the Emergencies Ministry.

The Russian aviation authority, Rosaviatsia, confirmed that the plane, an AN-148 aircraft, departed at 2:21 p.m. from Domodedovo Airport and disappeared from radar shortly after.

“Several minutes after takeoff, radio connection with the crew disappeared, the plane’s mark disappeared from radars,” the agency said in a statement.

The ministry said in a statement that “rescue workers, ambulances and firefighters” headed to the site.

President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences and ordered his Cabinet to create a commission to investigate the crash, according to the state-run news agency RIA Novosti.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World


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