Russian plane carrying 71 people crashes

A Russian airliner has crashed after leaving Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, killing all 65 passengers and six crew on board.

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

Investigators and emergency crews are working at the snow-covered site.

The Antonov An-148 was en route to the city of Orsk in the Ural mountains. Pieces of wreckage and bodies were found spread over a large area.

President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences to the victims’ families and announced an inquiry into the cause of the crash. This is the first commercial passenger jet crash for more than a year.

(Agencies)

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