Plane Crashes Outside Moscow, 71 Believed Dead

Plane AN-148-100 V

Plane AN-148-100 V

"The crew and passengers had no chance to survive", the emergency services source said.

The plane was carrying 71 people - 65 passengers and six crew members.

There appear to be "no survivors" among the 71 aboard a Russian jet that crashed shortly after taking off from Moscow, the Russian transport minister said.

Rescue teams are approaching the crash site on foot as they were unable to get there in their vehicles.

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Pieces of the plane were found in the Ramenskoye region less than 25 miles west of the airport, the ministry said.

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The flight was heading to Orsk in Orenburg Oblast, near the southern Russian border with Kazakhstan. Russia's Investigative Committee has opened an investigation, RT reports, quoting Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) as saying that rescuers have arrived at the site and found two bodies.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the creation of a special commission to investigate the crash and expressed "deep condolences" to relatives, according a statement from his office.

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Initial Russian reports blamed the weather or human error but it was unclear how these squared with claims that the plane broke up in the sky.

The Russian-made plane had been bought by Saratov from another Russian airline a year ago. It was first operated by Rossiya Airlines, including on worldwide routes, and then was leased to Saratov Airlines.

Television channel Life was the first to screen a video, sent to the newsroom by a collaborator where fragments of the crashed plane could be seen. Moderate snow was falling in much of Moscow at the time of the crash.

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