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Russian Plane Crashes Near Moscow, Killing 71 People: Agencies

Russian Plane Crashes Near Moscow, Killing 71 People: Agencies

The plane was headed to the Russian city of Orsk, near the border with Kazakhstan.

Ilya Stavsky, 33, did not realise that he had witnessing the crash of the AN-148 plane when he looked into his orb.

The plane plummeted into a snowy field six minutes after takeoff, killing all 65 passengers and six crew. It was declared by the emergency services that there were no survivors.

The Rabbi of Saratov and Chabad shaliach, Rabbi Yaakov Kubichik immediately contacted the management of the Saratov Airlines and followed the names and offered assistance to the families of the victims. The flight then went off radar.

A State Department official said none was an American citizen.

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The jet, which was reportedly seven years old, was being flown by an experienced pilot who had 5000 hours of flying time. Russian Federation has seen record high snowfall in recent days and visibility was reportedly poor.

Its production in Russian Federation was halted previous year, and media reports indicated that some carriers, including Saratov Airlines, experienced a shortage of spare parts. Andrei Odintsov, the Mayor of the city of Orsk, told local news that 6 psychologists and 4 ambulances were working with the affected.

Russia's Aviation Committee said the black box was recovered from the scene on Monday, adding that "some 400 pieces of the plane" have also been found. The aircraft only had one crash back in March 2011, which was a result of an in-flight break-up during a test flight.

Along with several commercial carriers, the An-148 is operated by the Russian Defense Ministry and several other government agencies.

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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