Russia investigators comb jet crash site

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This is the first commercial passenger jet crash for more than a year - 2017 was the safest year on record for air travel.

All 71 passengers and crew were killed when the Saratov Airlines jet went down minutes after taking off from Domodedovo airport on Sunday afternoon. Russian investigators are searching snow-covered fields near Moscow for clues why a passenger plane crashed.

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Plane crashes after Moscow take-off

The Saratov Airlines jet vanished minutes after take-off and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow.

All 65 passengers were from Orenburg, the Russian region to which the plane was flying, a spokesman for the regional governor told Interfax news agency. website quotes unnamed investigators as saying the pilot had reported a malfunction and requested clearance for an emergency landing.

Washington Post -
Passenger plane with 71 aboard crashes near Moscow, Russian officials say

Russia’s most recent high-profile plane accident came in December 2016 when a military transport plane carrying dozens of members of the Red Army choir to Syria crashed into the Black Sea.

Saratov Airlines flight 703, from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport to the city of Orsk on the Kazakhstan border, was carrying 65 passengers and six crew members, a Federal Air Transport Agency spokesman said on Rossiya-24 television.

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Russian passenger plane crashes near Moscow, no survivors reported

A Russian domestic passenger plane with 71 passengers and crew on board crashed on the outskirts of the Russian capital on Sunday.

The last aviation tragedy to claim scores of Russian lives occurred in December 2016, when a military aircraft carrying 92 passengers crashed in the Black Sea.

The Guardian -
Russian passenger plane crashes outside Moscow

Saratov Airlines flight 6W703, an Antonov An-148 plane, had taken off from the Domodedovo airport en route to Orsk, a city in the Urals, when it crashed in the Ramensky district on the outskirts of Moscow.

The governor of the Orenburg region, which the plane was flying to, told Russian media that more than 60 people on the plane were from the region. The transport ministry said several causes for the crash were being considered, including weather conditions and human error.

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