Russian Plane Carrying 71 People Reportedly Crashes Near Moscow

It is understood the plane took off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport

A Russian airliner has crashed after leaving Moscow's Domodedovo airport, killing all 65 passengers and six crew on board.

"The crew and passengers had no chance", a Russian official told Interfax.

A passenger plane has reportedly crashed shortly after taking off from an airport in Moscow. Wreckage from the plane was reported to be spread over a large area and it was unclear if there were any casualties among people on the ground.

Tass said the plane entered service in 2010 for a different airline, but was held out of service for two years because of a parts shortage.

Flight 703 was en route to Orsk, a Russian city near the border of Kazakhstan.

It was flying to Orsk, a city in the Urals.

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Villagers from Argunovo, near the crash site, reported seeing the burning plane falling from the sky over Moscow region's Ramensky district.

Mixim Sololov, the transport minister, said, "judging by everything, no one has survived this crash". All possible causes of the fatal crash are being looked into by Russia's Investigative Committee.

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

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

According to Peskov, the president's schedule for Monday includes contacts with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who will arrive on a working visit to Russian Federation.

Saratov Airlines mainly operates domestic flights in Russian Federation, with some services flying to Armenia and Georgia.

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