Russian aircraft crashes after takeoff from Moscow

Violet Powell
February 12, 2018

It is reported to have crashed near Argunovo village in the Moscow region.

"The scatter of fragments of the aircraft and bodies of dead passengers occupies a large territory; the radius is not less than 1 kilometer (0.6 miles)", said Svetlana Petrenko, spokeswoman the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation.

Emergency services work at the location where a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 plane crashed after taking off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport, outside Moscow, Russia, on Sunday.

Emergency services officials told the Tass news agency there were no survivors.

The footage appears to show the wreckage of the aircraft with 71 people feared to be dead.

Orsk Mayor Andrei Odintsov said the local governor had declared Monday a day of mourning throughout the region. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash which was reported to have been in the Ramenskoye district of the Moscow region.

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All 71 people on board a passenger plane died when it "broke up in the sky" just minutes after taking off from Moscow Airport.

The Russian-made plane was seven-years-old at the time of the crash and the airline purchased it about a year ago.

A Saratov Airlines plane crashed about 25 miles from Moscow where it took off, evidently killing everyone on board, said Russia's Transport Minister.

Russian President Vladimir Putin put off a planned trip to Sochi in order to closely monitor the investigation.

Russia's most recent high-profile plane accident came in December 2016 when a military transport plane carrying dozens of members of the Red Army choir to Syria crashed into the Black Sea.

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