71 dead in Russian plane crash

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Feb 2018 09:18:40



ALL 71 people aboard a Russian passenger plane that crashed outside Moscow on Sunday were killed in the disaster, investigators said. “Sixty-five passengers and six crew members were on board, and all of them died,” Russia’s office of transport investigations said in a statement.
The Antonov AN-128 disappeared from radar screens four minutes after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, the office added.

The plane operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines was flying to Orsk, a city in the Urals, and crashed in the Ramensky district on the outskirts of Moscow.
President Vladimir Putin offered his condolences to the families of those on board.
News agencies said witnesses in the village of Argunovo saw a burning plane falling from the sky.

“The President offers his profound condolences to those who lost their relatives in the crash,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday.
State television aired a video of the crash site, showing parts of the wreckage in the snow. Russia has seen record high snowfalls in recent days and visibility was reportedly poor.
The same news agency reported that the wreckage of the plane was spread over a wide area around the crash site.

The Russian-made plane was 7 years-old and bought by Saratov Airlines from another Russian airline a year ago.
Russian media reported that the emergency services were unable to reach the crash site by road and that rescue workers walked to the scene on foot.