Feb 112018
 

A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people on board crashed near Moscow shortly after taking off from Domodedovo airport, informs Russian news agencies.

Saratov Airlines crash

Saratov Airlines passenger plane crashed after takeoff from Moscow (pic: Twitter/Flightradar24)

The Antonov An-148, a 7 year old aircraft with registration number RA-61704, was owned by the Russian company Saratov Airlines and operating flight #6W703 bound to Orsk, an city in the Urals. According to RIA agency, there were 65 passengers and 6 crew members aboard.

The airplane plunged to the ground somewhere in the Ramenskoye district of Moscow, with all people on board likely losing their lives, writes Interfax citing an emergency services source.

“The crew and passengers had “no chance” of survival”, said the same source.

According to local media, numerous witnesses claimed that they saw the aircraft in flames before crashing in the locality of Argunovo, southeast of Moscow.

Rescue workers were unable to reach the crash site by road and had to approach on foot.

The debries from the plane were found scattered over a wide area around the site of impact.

Video: Wreckage of Saratov Airlines plane after Moscow crash