One azerbaijani was among passengers of crashed AN-148

It is understood the plane took off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport

It is understood the plane took off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport

A Russian passenger plane believed to be carrying 71 people has crashed near Moscow, shortly after takeoff from one of the city's airports, killing everyone on board.

According to initial information, the plane was carrying 65 passengers and six crew.

Officials say the plane crashed and there was "no chance" anyone could have survived.

"Fragments of the An-148 plane and several bodies have been found near the village of Stepanovskoye", a Russia's emergencies ministry spokesman told TASS. Video filmed by local boys showed wreckage in the snow. While the cause of the crash remains uncertain, the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation said officials have launched a criminal investigation.

The Saratov Airlines plane disappeared from radar moments after take-off and crashed about 50 miles south-east of Moscow.

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The jet was heading toward the city of Orsk close to the border with Kazakhstan.

Prosecutors opened an investigation into Saratov Airlines following the crash. According to media reports from Russian Federation, everyone on the plane died.

Russian transport minister Maxim Sokolov confirmed that there were no survivors. The plane was an Antonov An-148, which are built in Ukraine.

The aircraft that crashed, according to TASS, had been put into storage between 2015 and 2017 due to a delay in getting parts for it.

Russia's website cited unnamed investigators as saying the pilot had reported a technical malfunction and asked for clearance for an emergency landing at the nearby Zhukovsky International airport. Security lapses came under sharp criticism in 2004, after Chechen suicide bombers destroyed two airliners that took off from the airport on the same evening, killing a total of 90 people.

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