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

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

  • 21:18 (IST)

    Officials confirm the death of 71 people onboard 6W 703

  • 21:15 (IST)

    Footage of remnants of Flight 6W 703

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 20:14 (IST)

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

  • 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

  • 20:09 (IST)

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

  • 20:07 (IST)

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

  • 19:58 (IST)

    Ill-fated plane was seven-years-old

    The Russian-made plane was 7 years-old and bought by Saratov Airlines from another Russian airline a year ago.- AFP

  • 19:54 (IST)

    Local witnesses had seen flight fall

    It began descending at 3,300 feet per minute soon after starting its journey, Flightradar24, an air traffic website, posted on Twitter. Witnesses in the village told local media they had seen the plane on fire falling from the sky. Russian state news agency Tass said the authorities had confirmed that fragments of the crashed airliner had been found, The Independent reported. 

  • 19:43 (IST)

    Russian transport minister on his way to site as prosecutors begin probe

    Prosecutors opened an investigation into Saratov Airlines following the crash. The Russian transport minister was on his way to the crash site, agencies reported. The transport ministry said several causes for the crash are being considered, including weather conditions and human error. 

  • 19:41 (IST)

    Russia has seen several crashes in recent times

    Plane crashes are common in Russia, where airlines often operate old aircraft in testing flying conditions. A light aircraft crashed in November in Russia's far east, killing six people on board. In December 2016 a military plane carrying Russia's famed Red Army Choir crashed after taking off from the Black Sea resort of Sochi, killing all 92 people on board. In March 2016, all 62 passengers died when a FlyDubai jet crashed in bad weather during an aborted landing at Rostov-on-Don airport. - AFP

  • 19:39 (IST)

    Radio contact with Saratov Airlines plane was lost several minutes after take-off

    Russia's Emergencies Ministry confirmed the crash of the An-148 plane shortly after it took off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport. "Fragments of the An-148 and several bodies have been found near the village of Stepanovskoye," a ministry spokesman told Tass. Radio contact with the Saratov Airlines plane was lost several minutes after the take-off, the Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) said.- IANS

  • 19:31 (IST)

    Rescue workers walk to the site because of heavy snow

    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.  Russian media reported that the emergency services were unable to reach the crash site by road and that rescue workers walked to the scene. Emergency services said in a statement that over 150 rescue workers were deployed to the site. - AFP

  • 19:29 (IST)

    Vladimir Putin offers his condolences to families

    President Vladimir Putin offered his condolences to the families of those on board. "The president offers his profound condolences to those who lost their relatives in the crash," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.  - AFP

  • 19:21 (IST)

    Saratov Airlines was banned from operating international flights in 2015

    Saratov Airlines was banned from operating international flights in 2015 when inspectors found someone other than flight crew in cockpit. Resumed international charter flights in 2016 after policy changes. Mainly domestic flights, also to Armenia & Georgia.- BBC

  • 19:07 (IST)

    Russia plane crashes near Moscow, 71 feared dead

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.

Representational image. AP

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


Updated Date: Feb 11, 2018 21:31 PM

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