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Russia plane crash updates: Officials confirm death of 71 people on board Saratov Airline 6W 703

In a massive aircraft accident, a Russian domestic passenger plane crashed on the outskirts of the Russian capital on Sunday after taking off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport, Russian media reported.

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Russia plane crash updates: Officials confirm death of 71 people on board Saratov Airline 6W 703

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20:55 (ist)

Russian website says pilot had reported technical fault

According to The Guardian, Russia’s gazeta.ru website cited investigators saying the pilot had reported a technical malfunction on board the plane and asked for clearance for an emergency landing at the nearby Zhukovsky International Airport. However, officials are yet to confirm this. 

20:32 (ist)

Rescuers say there are bodies 'everywhere'

One witness told The Sun there was an "explosion" while the plane was still in the air. Images on the internet show parts of the plane lying in a snowy field as rescuers described seeing bodies "everywhere". The explosion led to “windows trembling”, the witness said. Local sources also said that investigator were looking into whether one of the engines on the An-148 had exploded just 10 minutes after take-off.

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Feb 11, 2018 - 21:23 (IST)

All 71 people aboard were killed in the disaster, say investigators

"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.

Feb 11, 2018 - 21:18 (IST)

Officials confirm the death of 71 people onboard 6W 703

Feb 11, 2018 - 21:15 (IST)

Footage of remnants of Flight 6W 703

Feb 11, 2018 - 20:58 (IST)

Plane heading to Orsk near border crashed near Argunovo

Saratov Airlines flight 6W703 was heading to Orsk, a city near Russia’s border with Kazakhstan and crashed near the town of Argunovo, about 50 miles south-east of Moscow. Wreckage from the plane was reported to be spread over a large area, The Guardian reported.

Feb 11, 2018 - 20:55 (IST)

Russian website says pilot had reported technical fault

According to The Guardian, Russia’s gazeta.ru website cited investigators saying the pilot had reported a technical malfunction on board the plane and asked for clearance for an emergency landing at the nearby Zhukovsky International Airport. However, officials are yet to confirm this. 

Feb 11, 2018 - 20:32 (IST)

Rescuers say there are bodies 'everywhere'

One witness told The Sun there was an "explosion" while the plane was still in the air. Images on the internet show parts of the plane lying in a snowy field as rescuers described seeing bodies "everywhere". The explosion led to “windows trembling”, the witness said. Local sources also said that investigator were looking into whether one of the engines on the An-148 had exploded just 10 minutes after take-off.

Feb 11, 2018 - 20:14 (IST)

Seven-year-old Saratov Airlines flight was an Antonov An-148 aircraft with registration number RA-61704

Feb 11, 2018 - 20:13 (IST)

Russia's Investigative Committee to consider all possible causes

The governor of the Orenburg region, where the plane was flying to, told Russian media that "more than 60 people" onboard the plane were from the region. Russia's Investigative Committee will consider all possible causes for the crash, RIA Novosti news agency reported. A source from Russia's emergency services told Interfax that the 71 people on board "had no chance" of survival. - AFP

Feb 11, 2018 - 20:09 (IST)

The speed and altitude graph shows a descent from 6,200 feet to 3,200 feet before losing signal

Feb 11, 2018 - 20:07 (IST)

Here's the route usually taken by flight 6W 703

In a massive aircraft accident, a Russian domestic passenger plane crashed on the outskirts of the Russian capital on Sunday after taking off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport, Russian media reported. Rescue workers said they found 'bodies everywhere' as officials confirmed the death of 71 people on board Saratov Airline 6W 703.

Russia plane crash updates Officials confirm death of 71 people on board Saratov Airline 6W 703

Representational image. AP

The Antonov An-148 plane operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines was flying to Orsk, a city in the Urals, and crashed in the Ramensky district outside Moscow.

Russian news agencies reported 65 passengers and 6 crew were on board.

Earlier, a BBC report had reported that the aircraft had vanished from radar screens after it left Moscow for the Urals.

CNN reports that rescue teams are on the way to the site where the plane is believed to have crashed.

 A Reuters report quoted by NDTV says that the debris of the aircraft has been found and that there are no survivors.

With inputs from AFP

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