Plane Crashes Near Moscow, Killing All 71 on Board

A plane operated by Saratov Airlines crashed in the Moscow region on Sunday, killing all 71 people on board

A view shows a scene where a regional Antonov AN-148 crashed outside Moscow, Russia February 11, 2018
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 A plane operated by Russia's Saratov Airlines crashed in the Moscow region on Sunday, killing all 71 people on board, Russian news agencies said, citing sources in the emergency services.

There were 65 passengers and six crew members onboard the plane which went missing from radars less than 10 minutes after taking off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport, TASS reported.

The plane was bound for the Russian city of Orsk in the Orenburg region that borders Kazakhstan.

"Debris has been found, there are no survivors," TASS quoted a source as saying.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash. The Russian Transport Ministry was considering various possible reasons, including weather conditions and a pilot error, Interfax said. 

President Vladimir Putin offered his condolences to those who had lost relatives and ordered a special investigative commission to be set up.

Investigators said they had opened a criminal case into the incident and were looking at all possibilities.

Elena Voronova, a spokeswoman for Saratov Airlines, said there had been no concerns about the technical condition of the plane, which had went into service with her company in 2016.