Monday, 22 October, 2018

Russia: Aircraft with 71 on board crashes near Moscow

Crash site of Saratov Airlines jet spotted outside Moscow — reports Sputnik
Faye Gross | 12 February, 2018, 01:27

The domestic plane was being operated by Saratov airlines, and had 65 passengers on board - including three children - along with six crew members.

All 71 people travelling on a Russian plane which crashed near Moscow have been killed, according to Russian authorities.

An emergencies ministry source told Interfax, "The plane crashed near the village of Argunovo". Russia's Emergencies Ministry confirmed the crash and said it was investigating the scene, and that fragments of the plane have been found.

Pictures from the site show pieces of wreckage in a snow-covered field.

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).

It was flying to Orsk, a city in the Urals. Russian transport minister is diggin out all the reasons for this crash right form Weather conditions to Human error that can take place insuch kindof issues.

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The national Investigative Committee said on its website that it had opened a criminal case over alleged breach of aviation safety.

"The crew was experienced, the plane was reliable", she said.

Russian president, Vladimir Putin, offered today his condolences to relatives of the 71 fatal victims of plane AN-148 victims of the company "Sverdlovsky Avialinie" and ordered the Government to form a special investigation commission.

Russian media said the jet belonged to Saratov Airlines. Security lapses came under sharp criticism in 2004, after Chechen suicide bombers destroyed two airliners that took off from the airport on the same evening, killing a total of 90 people.

The flight-tracking site Flightradar24 tweeted that the seven-year-old passenger jet had gone into a steep descent of 1,000 metres (3,300ft) a minute five minutes after take-off, after which it had vanished from radars.

Plane crashes are common in Russian Federation, where airlines often operate ageing aircraft in testing flying conditions.

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