A Russian commercial airplane carrying 71 people has crashed soon after taking off from Domodedovo airport in Moscow.

The Antonov An-148 disappeared from radar minutes after it left the airport and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 50 miles south-east of Moscow.

Russian officials said all those on board are thought to have died during the crash.

The Saratov Airlines jet was on a destination to the city of Orsk in the Urals, near the border with Kazakhstan before it crashed early in the afternoon.

It was reported that the airplane was descending at 1,100 meters per minutes five minutes after taking off.

Pictures from the crash site showed pieces of the wreckage of the plane in a snow-covered field with bodies found nearby.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his deep condolences to the victims’ families and ordered a probe into the cause of the crash.

Russian media reported that the pilot had reported a malfunction and requested clearance for an emergency landing.

A spokesperson for the regional governor said all 65 passengers were from Orenburg.


More details to follow. Image 1 of the wreckage of the plane from Sky News.

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