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Russian plane carrying 71 people crashes near Moscow

AFP  |  Moscow 

A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed outside today after taking off from the capital's airport, Russian media reported.

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.

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.

The same agency reported that the wreckage of the plane was spread over a wide area around the

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.

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.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 18:55 IST