Aviation

Russian plane crash kills 71 people

Some incredibly sad news is coming out of Russia’s capital Moscow, with reports a plane has crashed moments after take-off, killing everyone onboard.

The Saratov Airlines flight, which took off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport and was bound for Orsk in the Ural mountains, reportedly went down only minutes after taking off.

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The crash has killed all 65 passengers and six crew onboard.

Details of the crash are scant, and emergency crews are having to battle against rough terrain and weather conditions in their rescue mission.

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The site of the crash is about 80kms outside of Moscow near the village of Argunovo.

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According to the BBC, pieces of plane wreckage and bodies were found spread over the snow-covered area.

The plane was an Antonov An-148.

President Vladimir Putin has given a statement on the crash, offering his condolences to victims and their families.

He also added there would be an inquiry into the cause of the crash, which at present remains completely unknown.

Some news sites are reporting an engine failure, while Russia’s newspaper Gazeta has said officials have “not ruled out a terrorist act” as the cause of the crash.

More to come.

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