Russia: Aircraft with 71 on board crashes near Moscow

12 February, 2018, 01:43 | Author: Kim Reid
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The crew of the Saratov Airlines flight that crashed near Moscow on Sunday didn't report any problems before the plane crashed into snowy terrain, killing all 71 people on board, state-run media said.

There were 65 passengers and 6 crew members aboard the flight.

Russia's Interfax news agency said the Saratov Airlines AN-148 jet crashed near the village of Argunovo in the Moscow region.

Witnesses reported hearing a huge explosion and seeing an airplane in flames falling towards the ground, while Russian news agencies said wreckage has been spotted in a field near Moscow, the Washington Post reported.

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Rescue teams are approaching the crash site on foot as they were unable to get there in their vehicles.

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

The plane was headed to the Russian city of Orsk, near the border with Kazakhstan.

Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said: "It has been found out that no reports about technical malfunctions were received from the plane's crew".

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"He [the transport minister] held talks with [Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir] Puchkov, [Governor of Moscow Oblast Andrei] Vorobyov and [Rosaviatsia head Alexander] Neradko and after that flew to the search site", the spokesperson said.

Eyewitnesses told Russian media that the jet was on fire as it went down. The transport ministry said several causes for the crash are being considered, including weather conditions and human error.

As per the reports, the Saratov Airlines An-148 was on the way to the city of Orsk when it vanished from the radar. Video filmed by local boys showed wreckage in the snow.

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