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71 feared dead 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, officials and said.

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

Russian agencies reported 65 passengers and 6 crew were on board and all were feared dead.

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

A source from Russia's emergency services told that the 71 people on board "had no chance" of survival.

offered his condolences to the families of those on board.

"The offers his profound condolences to those who lost their relatives in the crash," Putin's said.

State television aired a video of the crash site, showing parts of the wreckage in the snow. has seen record high snowfalls in recent days and visibility was reportedly poor.

The Russian-made plane was 7 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 over 150 rescue workers were deployed to the site.

A source at Domodedovo, Moscow's second largest airport, told agencies that the plane disappeared from radars within two minutes of take off.

The Russian was on his way to the crash site, agencies reported. The transport ministry said several causes for the crash are 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" onboard the plane were from the region.

Prosecutors opened an investigation into following the crash.

Plane crashes are common in Russia, where airlines often operate ageing aircraft in testing 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. 19:35 IST