Breaking News:Russia: Airliner crashes near Moscow with 71 people on board
The Russian airliner, which was carrying 71 people, crashed shortly after taking off from Domodedovo airport in Moscow
A Russian airliner with 71 people on board crashed near Moscow Sunday shortly after taking off from Domodedovo airport in the Russian capital.
The Antonov An-148 aircraft from Saratov Airlines took off in the direction of Orsk, a city in the Urals. He crashed in the Ramenski district of the Moscow region.
According to the Russian agencies, 65 passengers and 6 crew members were on board.
“No chance of survival”
Witnesses saw the flames falling in the village of Argunovo, southeast of Moscow. The 71 passengers and crew aboard the plane “had no chance” of survival, assured the Interfax news agency a source within the Ministry of Emergency Situations.
The aircraft cabin was scattered over a wide area around the crash site, Interfax said.
A twin-engine aircraft manufactured by the Ukrainian manufacturer Antonov, the An-148 made its first flight in 2004.
Since its operation the aircraft has experienced at least five incidents involving the landing gear, the electrical system and the guidance system.