Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Russian Federation plane crash: Passenger jet with 71 aboard crashes near Moscow

It is understood the plane took off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport It is understood the plane took off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport
Gerardo Duncan | 12 February, 2018, 02:16

The Saratov Airlines Flight 6W703 was carrying 71 people, disappeared from the radar after taking off from Moscow at 11:22 UTC time. Three foreign citizens were among the passengers of the An-148 plane that crashed on Sunday near Moscow, a spokesman for the search operation headquarters told TASS.

An investigation has opened into the cause of the accident, with one theory being poor visibility due to heavy snowfall.

A light aircraft crashed in November in Russia's far east, killing six people on board.

In March 2016, all 62 passengers died when a FlyDubia jet crashed in bad weather during an aborted landing at Rostov-on-Don airport.

"Fragments of the An-148 and several bodies have been found near the village of Stepanovskoye", the agency said in a statement released by the state-run TASS news agency.

April 10: All 96 people aboard a Tupolev-154 Polish air force plane carrying Poland's president and other top Polish officials die in a crash near Smolensk, Russia.

It went missing from radars less than 10 minutes after taking off from the airport.

Aboard the flight were six crew members and 65 passengers, including a child.

Russian media said the jet belonged to Saratov Airlines. Orsk Mayor Andrei Odintsov said the local governor had declared Monday a day of mourning throughout the region.

Russian media reported that the emergency services were unable to reach the wreckage by road, with rescue workers walking to the scene on foot.

The flight was heading to Orsk in Orenburg Oblast, near the southern Russian border with Kazakhstan.

Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said Sunday afternoon that "judging by everything, no one has survived this crash".

"Initial reports from Russian Federation blamed the crash on weather or human error, however, it was unclear how that measures up with claims that the plane "[fell] apart in the sky".

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

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