Russian passenger jet crashes near Moscow

Cause of crash still undetermined

A Russian plane carrying 71 people crashed into snowy terrain shortly after take-off from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, killing all people on board, according to news reports.

Flight 703 was operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines and was headed for Orsk, a city in the Ural mountains near the border with Kazakhstan.

Cause of crash still undetermined

The Antonov An-148 aircraft was carrying 65 passengers, including at least three children, and six crew members, the Russian news agency Interfax said.

There were no survivors, Moscow’s regional transportation prosecutor-general confirmed.

The cause of the crash remains uncertain. Russia’s Investigative Committee said all possible causes of the crash would be considered, including weather conditions as the country has experienced record snowfall in recent weeks.

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