Russian media: Plane with 71 aboard crashes near Moscow

LIVE | Russian Saratov Airlines operated plane AN-148 with 71 people onboard crashed in Moscow

A plane carrying 71 people plunged to the ground shortly after taking off from Moscow on Sunday (Feb. 11), and Russian media said all of the passengers were feared dead.

The Saratov Airlines flight was carrying 65 passengers and six crew.

A ministry spokesman told Russia's TASS news agency: "Fragments of the An-148 and several bodies plane have been found near the village of Stepanovskoye".

Rescue teams are en route to where the plane is thought to have come down.

November 17: A Boeing 737 owned by Russian company Tatarstan crashes at Kazan airport while travelling from Moscow, killing 50 passengers and crew.

According to reports of civil aeronautics, the plane lost contact with radars two minutes after taking off from the Domodedovo airport.

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The plane was bound for the Russian city of Orsk, in the Orenburg region that borders Kazakhstan.

"Judging by everything, no one has survived this crash", said Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov. Andrei Odintsov, the mayor of Orsk told Russian state television that six psychologists and four ambulances with medics were working with the relatives in the small airport. The Investigative Committee of Russian Federation said officials have launched a criminal investigation, as all possible causes are being explored. "In happened in Moscow region's Ramensky district".

"Tentatively, the plane has crashed near the village of Argunovo".

The 7-year-old Anotov An-148 plane went down just 5 minutes after takeoff, according to the flight tracking service Flightradar24.

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

Among the possible causes they listed were weather conditions, human error and the plane's technical condition.

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