Russian Plane Crashes Near Moscow After Takeoff; 71 Believed Dead

By Paul Riegler on 11 February 2018
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DSC_0505A Saratov Airlines aircraft crashed southeast of Moscow shortly after takeoff, reported Russian state news agency Tass. There were no survivors.

Saratov Flight 703, an Antonov-148 aircraft, was en route from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport to Orsk, a city near the Ural Mountains that is roughly 1,000 miles (1,609 kilometers) from the Russian capital.

There were 65 passengers and six crewmembers on board.

The aircraft disappeared from the radar shortly after takeoff and crashed shortly thereafter, according to Tass. The aircraft went down near Argunovo, a village 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for the creation of a special commission to investigate the crash and expressed his condolences “to all those who lost relatives and friends in this disaster.”

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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