Passenger jet with 71 on board crashes in Russian Federation

Plane AN-148-100 V

Plane AN-148-100 V

The local emergency services are investigating the information about the crash of the Russian An-148 in Moscow region, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations said Sunday, Sputnik reports.

Plane fragments were found in the Ramenskoye area about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the airport. Russian Federation has experienced record snowfalls in recent days and visibility was reportedly poor. All 71 people aboard were confirmed dead.

Emergency services said in a statement that more than 150 rescue workers were deployed to the site.

A Russian plane with 71 people onboard crashed just minutes after leaving Moscow Airport.

Russia's state news agency Tass says the passenger plane that crashed had been flying since 2010, with a two-year break because of a shortage of parts.

Other reports said one of the plane's engines may have exploded before the crash.

None on board including the 65 passengers and 6 crew members had survived the crash according to Interfax.

The plane was flying to Orsk, a city in the Urals.

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The Antonov An-148 aircraft went missing from radars after taking off from Domodedovo airport, according to TASS.

Witnesses said the plane erupted into flames as it fell from the sky at close to 3,000 feet per minute, the Guardian reported.

The plane was bound for the Russian city of Orsk in the Orenburg region that borders Kazakhstan.

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened an investigation into the crash and Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov has flown to the scene.

"Initial reports from Russian Federation blamed the crash on weather or human error, however, it was unclear how that measures up with claims that the plane "[fell] apart in the sky".

Saratov Airlines, a regional carrier, had no crashes until Sunday.

The crash was the first major air disaster in Russian Federation since December 2016, when a Defense Ministry-operated jet enroute to Syria from Sochi crashed into the Black Sea.

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