Saratov Airlines Plane Crashes Near Moscow, 71 People Feared Dead

President Nazarbayev condoles with Vladimir Putin over passenger plane crash

Although Sokolov didn't provide the number of people on board, news reports claim the airliner held 65 passengers and six crew members.

But Russia's website reported the pilot had called in a technical malfunction and asked for clearance for an emergency landing, citing unnamed investigators.

Mixim Sololov, the transport minister, said, "judging by everything, no one has survived this crash".

The plane crashed about 50 miles east of Moscow, Russia shortly after taking off from Moscow Domodedovo Airport.

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.

While the cause of the crash remains uncertain, the Investigative Committee of Russian Federation said officials have launched a criminal investigation.

U.S. launches rare strike on Syrian government-backed troops
The strikes inflicted what could be the largest number casualties that the coalition has exacted against the pro-regime forces. The statement noted that coalition service members were accompanying the so-called SDF while they came under the attack.

Unconfirmed reports point to some kind of mechanical problem, though human error or heavy snowfall may have also been factors.

The city's mayor told the Rossiya 24 TV channel a team of psychologists was working at the airport to comfort people.

The crash was the first major air disaster in Russian Federation since December 2016, when a Defense Ministry-operated jet enroute to Syria from Sochi crashed into the Black Sea.

The plane was en route to the city of Orsk in the Urals, near the border with Kazakhstan.

In March 2016, all 62 passengers died when a FlyDubai jet crashed in bad weather during an aborted landing at Rostov- on-Don airport.

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