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Passenger jet with 71 on board crashes in Russia

IANS  |  Moscow 

A passenger plane with 71 people on board crashed shortly after leaving Moscow, with no hope of survival of the crew and passengers, media reported on Sunday.

The Antonov-148 of with 65 passengers and a crew of six was en route from in to of the Orenburg Region in western Russia, cited the news agency as saying.

Radio contact with the seven-year-old Russia-made plane was lost at 14:21 time (1121 GMT), several minutes after the takeoff.

"Tentatively, the plane has crashed near the village of The crew and passengers had no chance to survive," the source said.

Witnesses in the village of told that they saw a burning plane falling from the sky.

Russian has offered "his profound condolences to those who lost their relatives in the crash" and issued an order to set up a government commission to probe into the crash, Putin's was quoted as saying.

The has opened an investigation into the crash and Russian has flown to the scene.

The said that several reasons of the crash are being considered, including weather conditions and human factors.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 03:56 IST
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