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A Russian plane crashes near Moscow and leaves 71 dead

The aircraft, model AN-148 of the airline Saratov, has collided in the municipal District Rámenski

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A Russian plane crashes near Moscow and leaves 71 dead

An airplane model AN-148 Russian airline Saratov with 71 people has board has crashed this Sunday near Moscow. There are no overcomings among 65 passengers and six crew members, who had taken off from Domodedovo Airport, second largest airport in Moscow, as reported by a source from Ministry of Emergencies. "They had no chance of being alive," said official to Russian agency Interfax. Shortly after event, several inhabitants of this area already reported how y saw al-148 fall to Earth wrapped in flames.

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Experts believe that accident could have been caused by both climatic conditions and technical failure, without excluding human error. However, according to some sources, apparatus, which had been manufactured eight years ago, would have collided with a Russian post-helicopter.

The aircraft disappeared from radars — in which it had remained only two minutes and eleven seconds — shortly after three o'clock in afternoon (local time, one in peninsular Spain) and rushed into village area of Argunóvo, Rámenski district. , in vicinity of Russian capital. The AN-148 was headed for city of Orsk, in province of Orenburg, south of Urals. The vast majority who were on plane — more than 60 — were from that region, particularly from eastern part, said Sergey Shermeschinski, spokesman for governor of Orenburg.

The Russian Transport minister, Maxim Sokolov, who has announced a commission to investigate catastrophe, immediately went to place where plane crashed and where first remains of victims have been found. Sources of emergency services have indicated that remains of apparatus have been sighted from air and that rescue teams have also been directed to place of accident on foot, as y could not do it by road.

The prosecution has opened a criminal case of AN-148 accident and has also decided to investigate airline, Saratov. President Vladimir Putin, in addition to sending condolences to families of victims of plane crash, has called for a special commission to study what happened, according to his spokesman, Dmitri Peskov.


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