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Russian Passenger Jet With 71 Aboard Crashes Near Moscow

Russian Passenger Jet With 71 Aboard Crashes Near Moscow

A Russian plane with 71 people on board crashed in the Moscow region Sunday and prosecutors said there were no survivors.

Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations employees work at the scene of the plane crash.

The Antonov 148 jetliner of Saratov Airlines crashed in the vicinity of the village of Argunovo near Moscow. "This could have been caused by anything, including human error or weather conditions".

Flightradar24, which tracks commercial airfare, reported that the plane was falling 22,000 feet per minute when it sent its last signal.

The plane is understood to have been carrying 65 passengers and six crew.

Tass reported that the craft re-entered service for Saratov Airlines in February 2017.

The source told Interfax: "The plane crashed and there was no chance anyone could have survived".

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

Earlier An-148 disappeared from the radar screens after the departure from Moscow to Orsk. The footage shows wreckage scattered in the snow. Russian Federation has experienced record snowfalls in recent days and visibility was reportedly poor.

Russia's emergencies ministry has confirmed the crash to local to media, although an official statement has not yet been released.

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.

Russian airlines have frequently been cited for safety lapses. All the passengers have been killed as per the media reports emerging from Russian Federation.


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