BREAKING: 71 killed in Russian plane crash

BY JILL CUENI-COHEN / FEBRUARY 11, 2018 /

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All 71 people who were aboard a passenger plane that crashed just after taking off from a Moscow airport on Sunday are believed to have died, according to Russian media.

Russian news agency TASS cited an emergency services source as saying that all 65 passengers and six crew members were killed in the incident. The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry later told Reuters that two bodies had been found at the site of the plane crash, according to a report from NBC News.

A report in the Daily Mail said the Saratov Airlines flight, which was heading from Moscow to a city near the Kazakhstan border, “broke up in the sky” just moments after take-off.

Flight crew member Anastasia Slavinskaya, 29, was on the Antonov An-148 when it crashed near the village of Argunovo, south east of the capital. Second pilot Sergey Gambaryan, 34, has also been named as one of the dead.

A source from Russia’s emergency services said the 65 passengers and six crew members had “no chance” of survival.

Shocked witnesses reportedly saw a burning aircraft falling from the sky and wreckage was spread over a large snow-covered field.

Flightradar24 tweeted that the aircraft was descending at 22,000ft per minute and chilling video footage shows debris 25 miles from the airport.

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