Russian Plane Explodes Mid-air, Kills All 71 Passengers On Board

The Jet crashed shortly after take-off in Moscow, Russia.

A Russian Jet crashed this afternoon, just after take-off in Russia’s Domodedevo airport, killing all 71 passengers including a 12 year old boy. The cause of the flight was not immediately known.

 

Saratov Airlines flight 6W703 crashed after take off from Domodedovo airport, leaving no survivors.

 

Saratov Airlines flight 6W703 was heading to Orsk, a city near Russia’s border with Kazakhstan, when it went down near the town of Argunovo, about 50 miles south-east of Moscow. Witnesses said the plane, an Antonov An-148 aircraft, was in flames as it fell from the sky.

 

The plane was carrying 71 people – 65 passengers and six crew members. Emergency services officials told the Tass news agency there were no survivors. Wreckage from the plane was reported to be spread over a large area and it was unclear if there were any casualties among people on the ground.

 

Russia’s gazeta.ru 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. Officials have not confirmed the report. Other reports said one of the plane’s engines may have exploded before the crash.

 

 

 

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, expressed his condolences to the families and friends of those who died in the crash and ordered the government to set up a special commission to investigate.

Written by Kanyi Okeke

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