Passenger Aircraft With 71 Aboard Has Crashed Near Moscow, Russian Officials Says

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Saratov Airlines Flight 703, heading from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport to the city of Orsk on the Kazakhstan border, was bring 65 travelers and 6 team members.

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In this screen grab provided by the Life.ru, the wreckage of a AN-148 plane is seen in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. Russia’s Emergencies Ministry says a passenger plane has crashed near Moscow and fragments of it have been found. (Life.ru via AP)

Authorities found the wreckage in a field outside Moscow; all 71 aboard reported dead

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: A local airliner flying from among Russia’s busiest airports crashed Sunday outside Moscow, eliminating all 71 individuals aboard, authorities stated.

Saratov Airlines Flight 703, heading from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport to the city of Orsk on the Kazakhstan border, was bring 65 passengers and 6 team members, Russian authorities stated. It vanished from radar screens numerous minutes after launch and decreased in exactly what witnesses referred to as an intense crash southeast of Moscow.

The reason for the crash was not instantly clear. Authorities stated that none of individuals aboard the Antonov An-148 jet are thought to have actually made it through, inning accordance with reports from Russian news firms.

Authorities identified the wreckage in a field outside Moscow, the RIA Novosti news company stated.

” I left of my home and heard the airplane struck the ground,” a witness who was not recognized stated in an interview with REN TELEVISION. “There was a substantial surge.”

Experience video footage from the scene broadcast on Russian tv revealed orange-painted pieces of the fuselage spread throughout the snow.

” We have all type of situations” for exactly what might have triggered the crash, Russian Transportation Ministry main Zhanna Terekhova informed Rossiya-24 news channel. “This might have been brought on by anything, consisting of human mistake or climate condition.”

Nearly all of individuals on the aircraft were from the eastern part of the Orenburg area, inning accordance with the local guv’s workplace, the Interfax news company stated. Orenburg pushes the southern end of the Ural Mountains.

” This is a catastrophe for all Orenburg,” Gov. Yury Berg stated in a declaration. “We will not leave anybody alone with the discomfort of losing liked ones.”

Russia’s latest prominent airplane mishap took place in December 2016, when a military transportation airplane bring lots of members of the Red Army Choir to Syria crashed into the Black Sea.

Russia has actually long dealt with a bad airline company security record. From 2008 to 2017, 326 individuals passed away in mishaps on Russian-scheduled business flights, inning accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization. Sixty-one individuals passed away in the very same duration on U.S. flights.

COMMENTSSaratov Airlines, a local airline company based in the Volga port city of Saratov, stated the An-148 that crashed entered into service in 2010. The airline company stated that, in accordance with Russian law, loved ones of the deceased might declare insurance coverage payments of 2,025,000 rubles – about $35,000.