Russian Passenger Plane Crashes Outside Moscow

Russian Passenger Plane Crashes Outside Moscow

All 71 Aboard Believed Dead

A Russian passenger plane crashed on Sunday afternoon shortly after taking off from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport.

All 65 passengers and 6 crew members on board are believed to have died.

“The crew and passengers had no chance of surviving,” an unnamed source told the Interfax and TASS news agencies.

The Antonov An-148, operated by Saratov Airlines, vanished minutes after take-off and came down near the village of Argunovo, about 80km southeast of Moscow.

“The plane vanished from radar within 10 minutes after taking off from Domodedovo Airport in Moscow,” an emergency ministry source told Interfax.

The plane was en route to the city of Orsk in southern Russia.

A video footage on Russian state television and social media showed wreckage of the An-148 scattered across snowy fields.

“It appears the plane began to fall apart in the sky. Debris has been found, there are no survivors,” TASS reported.

Russian reports initially blamed weather or human error, but it’s still unclear how the plane “broke up in the sky.”

This is the second major plane crash in recent years in Russia. In 25 December 2016, a Tu-154 military airliner crashed into the Black Sea with 92 people on board.

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