71 feared dead as Russian passenger plane crashes after take-off

A passenger plane has crashed near Moscow and fragments of it have been found, Russia's Emergencies Ministry has said.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 11th February 2018, 2:37 pm
Updated Sunday, 11th February 2018, 4:31 pm
An Antonov An-148 aircraft, similar to the one which crashed on the outskirts of Moscow. Picture: AFP/Getty
An Antonov An-148 aircraft, similar to the one which crashed on the outskirts of Moscow. Picture: AFP/Getty

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The An-148 regional jet disappeared from radar screens shortly after takeoff from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport on Sunday afternoon.

News reports said 71 people - 65 passengers and six crew - were on board the plane heading for the city of Orsk, about 1,000 miles south-east of Moscow.

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The Tass news agency said the plane fragments were found in the Ramenskoye area about 25 miles from the airport.

Russian media said the jet belonged to Saratov Airlines.