Russian Plane Carrying 71 People Reportedly Crashes Near Moscow

Russian Plane Carrying 71 People Reportedly Crashes Near Moscow

Russian Plane Carrying 71 People Reportedly Crashes Near Moscow

The Emergencies Ministry said it has sent crews to the reported crash site.

A Saratov Airlines passenger plane crashed southeast of Moscow on Sunday, prompting Russian state media to report that there had been "no chance to survive" for all 71 people aboard.

The Antonov An-148 departed Domodedovo Airport en route to Orsk with 65 passengers and six crew members.

The plane went down in Ramenskoye District, in the Moscow region, the Russian emergency ministry told CNN. One of the flight recorders was recovered, Russian news reports said, but it is not immediately clear if it was the data or voice recorder.

November 17: A Boeing 737 owned by Russian company Tatarstan crashes at Kazan airport while travelling from Moscow, killing 50 passengers and crew.

The jet was heading toward the city of Orsk close to the border with Kazakhstan. Saratov was briefly banned from operating worldwide flights in 2015 when inspectors found a person in the cockpit who was not part of the airline's flight crew.


Flightradar24 has also reported that it tracked the aircraft descending at 3.300 feet (1,000 metres) per minute some five minutes after take-off, before the signal was then lost.

Voronova identified the pilot as 51-year-old Valery I. Gubanov, who had 5,000 hours of flight experience, including 2,146 hours on the type of plane the crashed.

Horror video footage has circulated showing what is understood to be the wreckage of the plane in a snowy field.

The Russian-made plane had been bought by Saratov from another Russian airline a year ago.

The cause of the crash is put down to bad weather and errors by the Polish pilot and Russian air controllers. Moderate snow was falling in much of Moscow at the time of the crash.

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