Russia jet carrying 71 people crashes after Moscow take-off

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A Russian airliner has crashed after leaving Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, killing all 65 passengers and 6 crew on board.

The Saratov Airways jet vanished minutes after take-off and crashed close to the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow.

The reason for crash is unclear. Investigators and emergency crews are working on the snow-covered website.

The Antonov An-148 was en path to town of Orsk within the Ural mountains.

Items of wreckage and our bodies had been discovered unfold over a big space. One of many flight recorders has been recovered, officers say.

President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences to the victims’ households and introduced an inquiry into the reason for the crash.

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That is the primary business passenger jet crash for greater than a 12 months – 2017 was the safest year on record for air travel.

What we all know up to now

The airplane took off at 14:27 (11:27 GMT) on Sunday. Contact was misplaced 4 minutes later.

Flight-tracking website Flightradar24 stated it then descended on the charge of 1,000m (three,300ft) per minute.

Eyewitnesses informed Russian media that the jet was on fireplace because it plummeted.

Investigators stated the causes they had been contemplating included climate circumstances, human error and technical failure – however they didn’t point out the potential for terrorism.

Who was on the airplane?

The official list of passengers and crew has been published (in Russian) by the emergencies ministry.

A child and two teenagers were among the passengers, all however three of whom had been from the Orenburg area the place Orsk is positioned, metropolis mayor Andrei Odintsov informed Tass information company.

Two passengers had been from Moscow and a 3rd from St Petersburg, he added.

At Orsk airport, a girl whose brother was on the plane was shouting “Bring me back my brother!”, Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported. A person sat sobbing over his cell phone.

The plane was being flown by an experienced pilot with 5,000 hours of flight time, the airline informed Ria-Novosti information company

What will we find out about Saratov Airways?

Saratov Airways relies in Saratov, 840km south-east of Moscow.

In 2015 it was banned from working worldwide flights when shock inspectors discovered somebody apart from the flight crew was within the cockpit.

The airline appealed towards the ban and adjusted its coverage earlier than resuming worldwide constitution flights in 2016.

It flies primarily between Russian cities but additionally has locations in Armenia and Georgia.

Current Russian air disasters

The nation has suffered two main airplane crashes since 2015:

Air disasters timeline

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Revealed at Solar, 11 Feb 2018 20:11:59 +0000