Russia Jet Carrying 71 People Crashes after Take-Off from Moscow

تم نشره في Sun 11 February / Feb 2018. 01:00 AM
  • Wreckage was found in a snowy field south-east of Moscow - (Reuters)

CAPITALS — A Russian airliner has crashed after leaving Moscow's Domodedovo airport, killing all 65 passengers and six crew on board.

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

The cause of crash is unclear. Investigators and emergency crews are working at the snow-covered site.

The Antonov An-148 was en route to the city of Orsk in the Ural mountains.

Flight-tracking site Flightradar24 said the aircraft was descending at the rate of 1,000m (3,300ft) per minute shortly after taking off early on Sunday afternoon.

Pieces of wreckage and bodies were found spread over a large area.

Image copyright Flighradar24

Image caption The Flightradar24 website shows the flight path

President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences to the victims' families and announced an inquiry into the cause of the crash.

Russia's website quotes unnamed investigators as saying the pilot had reported a malfunction and requested clearance for an emergency landing.

All 65 passengers were from Orenburg, the Russian region to which the plane was flying, a spokesman for the regional governor told Interfax news agency.

This is the first commercial passenger jet crash for more than a year - 2017 was the safest year on record for air travel.