Russian aircraft crashes after takeoff from Moscow

Pauline Gross
February 12, 2018

The reports Sunday say the plane was an An-148, a regional jet belonging to Saratov Airlines, that had taken off from Domodedovo Airport to the city of Orsk on the Kazakhstan border.

All 71 people travelling on a Russian plane which crashed near Moscow have been killed, according to Russian authorities.

An emergency services source told Russian news agency Interfax that all 71 passengers were feared dead.

Horror video footage has circulated showing what is understood to be the wreckage of the plane in a snowy field. The most recent crash happened in December 2016 when a Russian Defense Ministry plane headed to Syria fatally crashed in the Black Sea, killing all 92 people on the plane.

Russian police are looking at whether criminal negligence could have led to the crash, which suggests the cause is not assumed to be terror-related. Meanwhile, rescue teams are approaching the crash site on foot as they were unable to get there in their vehicles.

Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov said there were no survivors.

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"The crew was experienced, the plane was reliable", she said.

Prosecutors opened an investigation into Saratov Airlines, while President Vladimir Putin offered "his profound condolences to those who lost their relatives in the crash", his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Flight-tracking site Flightradar24 tweets that the aircraft was descending at 1,000m (3,300ft) per minute (60km/h, 38mph) five minutes after taking off. Radio contact with the plane was lost several minutes after the takeoff and the plane went out of the radars.

The plane was ordered by Rossiya Airlines, a subsidiary of Aeroflot, but was put into storage during 2015-2017 because of a lack of parts.

Russian Federation has seen record high snowfalls in recent days and visibility was reportedly poor.

In 2015 Saratov Airlines was banned from operating global flights when surprise inspectors found someone other than the flight crew was in the cockpit.

Other reports by GizPress

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