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Plane carrying 71 crashes in Russian Federation, likely killing all on board

11 February 2018

Initial information by Russian news agencies inform that 65 passengers and 6 crew members were on board.

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A RUSSIAN plane has crashed killing all 71 people on board after disappearing off the radar near Moscow, according to reports.

The Russian authorities later confirmed the crash and said they had found the fragments of a plane.

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There were no survivors, an emergency services source told the Tass news agency.

The An-148 was flying from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport to the city of Orsk on the border of Kazakhstan when it fell out of the sky for unknown reasons.

It reportedly fell near Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow.

Russian media reported that the emergency services were unable to reach the crash site by road and that rescue workers walked to the scene on foot.

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The Russian-made AN-148 was seven-years-old and was bought by the airline one year ago.

A spokeswoman for Russia's Investigative Committee, which handles serious crimes, told Russian news agencies that it is opening a criminal case to look into possible violations of transport safety regulations or careless behavior resulting in deaths.

The Emergencies Ministry has opened a telephone hotline after the crash.

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Plane carrying 71 crashes in Russian Federation, likely killing all on board