RUSSIA: 71 Reported Dead In Airliner Crash [VIDEO]

NBC News reports:

A jet operated by Saratov Airlines crashed in the Moscow region on Sunday, killing all 71 people on board, according to Russian news agencies.

Russia’s Interfax news outlet reported that the Orsk-bound 148-jet went off radar shortly after departing from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport and later said eyewitnesses saw a burning airplane fall to the ground in the Moscow region.

“Debris has been found, there are no survivors,” news agency TASS quoted a source as saying. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash which was reported to have been in the Ramenskoye district of the Moscow region.

The BBC reports:

Saratov Airlines is based in Saratov, 840km south-east of Moscow. In 2015 it was banned from operating international flights when surprise inspectors found someone other than the flight crew was in the cockpit.

The airline appealed against the ban and changed its policy before resuming international charter flights in 2016. It flies mainly between Russian cities but also has destinations in Armenia and Georgia.

Russian state media reports:

Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened an investigation into the crash of a Saratov Airlines plane near Moscow. Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov flew to the site of the alleged crash near Argunovo village in the Moscow region, officials confirmed.