Russian passenger plane with 71 aboard crashes near Moscow, all killed on flight

dcnf-2-1Will Racke on February 11, 2018

A Russian passenger jet carrying 71 people has crashed near Moscow and wreckage has been found, Russian’s Emergencies Ministry said Sunday.

The Saratov Airlines An-148 regional jet was traveling from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport to the Russian city of Orsk, about 1,000 miles to the southeast. Minutes after take-off, the plane slipped from radar coverage and crashed in Ramenskoye area about 25 miles from the airport.

(Stanislav KrasilnikovTASS via Getty Images)

All 65 passengers and six crew members were killed in the crash, according to Russian state media TASS, that cited a source from the emergency services ministry. The 7-year-old Anotov An-148 plane went down just 5 minutes after takeoff, according to the flight tracking service Flightradar24.

Russian airlines have suffered two major plane crashes in recent years. A Tu-154 miitary transport crashed into the Black Sea in 2016, killing all 92 people aboard in a disaster blamed on pilot error. A Russian Airbus A321 carrying tourists exploded after taking off from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in 2015. All 224 people aboard were killed in the explosion that was caused by a bomb placed in the plane by Islamic State terrorists.

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