71 killed as Russian plane crashes after Moscow take-off

A Russian passenger plane carrying 65 passengers and six crew members on board from Moscow to the city of Orsk in the Urals crashed two minutes after take-off early on Sunday near Argunovo village some 80 kilometres southeast of Moscow,  Russian media reported quoting officials.

According to the emergency services, there is no chance of finding survivors . Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened an investigation into the crash of the Antonov An-148 jet operated by Saratov Airlines.

Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov flew to the site of the crash near Argunovo village, officials confirmed.

The crashed plane was spotted from the air in the countryside near Moscow, a rescue service source told Russia’s RIA news agency.

Rescue teams are approaching the crash site on foot as they were unable to get there in their vehicles.

The Investigative Committee has also sent forensic teams to the crash site.

The crash might have been caused due to weather, human error or technical failure, according to TASS citing an emergency source.

The source added that there was no extreme weather in Moscow region at the time of crash.