Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Russian plane with 71 on board crashes

Russian plane with 71 on board crashes

"The president offers his profound condolences to those who lost their relatives in the crash".

Russian media reported that the emergency services were unable to reach the wreckage by road, with rescue workers walking to the scene on foot.

The national Investigative Committee said on its website that it had opened a criminal case over alleged breach of aviation safety.

A regional official said the aircraft's black box had been retrieved.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the creation of a "special commission in connection with the plane crash", said Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, according to Tass.

Russia's air transport agency said the airport lost radio contact with the aircraft several minutes after takeoff.

Saratov Airlines is based in Saratov, 840km south-east of Moscow. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash which was reported to have been in the Ramenskoye district of the Moscow region.

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What do we know about Saratov Airlines?

Its hub is Saratov Central Airport in southern Russian Federation.

Russian media outlets were heavily reporting the event.

Most of the passengers were from Orsk and its mayor told a local news channel that a team of psychologists was working to comfort the grieving families.

The Russian jet was heading for Orsk, a city close to the Russia-Kazakhstan border.

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

All 71 people on board a passenger plane died when it "broke up in the sky" just minutes after taking off from Moscow Airport.

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