71 feared dead as Russian plane crashes near Moscow

71 feared dead as Russian plane crashes near Moscow

Not too long after takeoff from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport, the Antonov-148 aircraft disappeared from the radar and crashed soon afterward, Russian state news agency Tass reported (via CNN).

There were no survivors, an emergency services source told the Tass news agency. An official of the Emergency Situations Ministry said two bodies and a flight recorder had been found.

President Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said: "The president has instructed the government to set up a special commission over the plane crash in the Moscow region".

Emergency services said in a statement that more than 150 rescue workers were deployed to the site.

Saratov Airlines is based in Saratov, 840km south-east of Moscow.

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The cause of the crash is not immediately clear to anybody as The Russian Transport Ministry is trying to invest the actual reason.

Russia's Investigative Committee has opened an investigation into the crash - there is no suggestion that it is a terror-related incident.

The BBC reports that Saratov Airlines was temporarily banned from operating worldwide flights in 2015, after unauthorized personnel were discovered in a plane's cockpit during a surprise inspection. Its hub is Saratov Central Airport in southern Russian Federation. Some reports suggested there were questions about whether the plane had been properly de-iced.

The city's mayor told the Rossiya 24 TV channel a team of psychologists was working at the airport to comfort people.

The aircraft was heading for Orsk, a city close to the Russia-Kazakhstan border.

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