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71 dead, no survivors in Russian passenger plane crash

AFP  |  Moscow 

A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed outside today after taking off from the capital's airport, killing everyone on board.

The plane operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines was flying to Orsk, a city in the Urals, and crashed in the Ramensky district on the outskirts of

"Sixty-five passengers and six crew members were on board, and all of them died," Russia's office of transport investigations said in a statement.

agencies said witnesses in the village of saw a burning plane falling from the sky.

offered "his profound condolences to those who lost their relatives in the crash," his said.

State television aired a video of the crash site, showing parts of the wreckage in the snow.

has seen record high snowfall in recent days and visibility was reportedly poor.

The Russian-made plane was reportedly seven years old and bought by from another Russian a year ago.

Russian media reported that the emergency services were unable to reach the by road and that rescue workers walked to the scene on foot. Emergency services said in a statement that more than 150 rescue workers were deployed to the site.

The transport investigations office said the plane disappeared from radar screens around four minutes after take-off.

The Russian was on his way to the crash site, agencies reported. The transport ministry said several causes for the crash were being considered, including weather conditions and human error.

The governor of the region, where the plane was flying to, told Russian media that "more than 60 people" on board the plane were from the region.

Prosecutors opened an investigation into following the crash. will consider all possible causes, agency reported.

was founded in the 1930s and flies to 35 Russian cities. Its hub is in southern in the region showed footage of distressed relatives at airport, where the plane was due to land.

Andrei Odintsov, the of the city of Orsk, told Russian state television that six psychologists and four ambulances with medics are working with the relatives in the small airport.

is the second biggest city in the region, near Russia's border with

has suffered numerous plane crashes, with airlines often operating ageing aircraft in dangerous flying conditions.

A light aircraft crashed in November in Russia's far east, killing six people on board.

In December 2016 a military plane carrying Russia's famed Red Army Choir crashed after taking off from the resort of Sochi, killing all 92 people on board.

The choir had been due to give a concert to Russian troops operating in

Pilot error was blamed for that crash.

In March 2016, all 62 passengers died when a jet crashed in bad weather during an aborted landing at Rostov- on-Don airport.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 21:45 IST