Russian plane crash, kills all 71 people onboard

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A five-year-old girl and her mother were among 71 people who died when a Russian passenger plane crashed near Moscow shortly after taking off.

Nadezhda Krasova, five, the youngest victim in the crash, died along with her mother Oksana Krasova, 32, after the Antonov An-148 airliner broke up in mid-air, according to eyewitness reports.

Two bodies were yesterday found at the site of a Russian plane crash, an official at the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said.

A plane operated by Russia’s Saratov Airlines crashed near Moscow. There were 71 people on board and all of them are feared dead, the Russian authorities said.

The cockpit voice recorder and parts of the fuselage were also retrieved from the crash site of the Saratov Airlines An-148.

The search-and-rescue operation is ongoing. Special lighting had been set up so the operation could continue into the night, he added. The ministry said the area would be observed by drones.

The Transport Prosecutor’s office said everyone aboard the plane was dead. The Emergencies Ministry released the names of all 71 people on board the ill-fated aircraft.

Russia’s Investigative Committee opened an investigation into the crash

Authorities said all lines of inquiry into the plane crash were open.

The Saratov Airlines jet vanished minutes after take-off and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow.

The cause of crash is unclear. Investigators and emergency crews were working at the snow-covered site.

The Antonov An-148 was en route to the city of Orsk in the Ural Mountains.

AP

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