Kirsters Baish| It was reported that the remains of a Russian passenger plane have been located after the plane crashed near Moscow, Russia. The plane crashed shortly after taking off on Sunday. All 71 people on board the aircraft were killed in the crash. Investigators have stated that they are looking into possible causes for the crash.
At the time of the crash, temperatures were around minus 5 degrees Celsius with sporadic snowfall. The short-haul AN-148 was being operated by Saratov Airlines. The plane left for the city of Orsk in Orenburg region, which is around 900 miles southeast of the capital.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin, offered his sympathies to everyone who lost family or friends in the crash. He ordered a special investigative commission to be put into place.
The Kremlin said in a statement, “According to preliminary information, nobody survived.”
The office of Russia’s transport prosecutor said all 71 people on board had been killed. Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov confirmed there were no survivors and said DNA tests would be needed to identify the dead. TV images of the crash site showed wreckage of the plane, including at least one engine, lying in fields covered with thick snow. Helicopters were at the scene as well as rescuers on snowmobiles. An official of the Emergency Situations Ministry said two bodies and a flight recorder had been found. Debris and human remains were spread over a radius of a kilometer from the crash site, investigators said.
It was said that they had opened a criminal case into the plane crash. One possible cause could have also been weather conditions. Human error could have come into play, as could the technical condition of the plane. There had been no distress signals received from the crew of the plane.
The plane was manufactured back in 2010 and had been carrying 65 passengers and a six person crew at the time of the crash. The aircraft disappeared from radar screens not long after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport.
One Swiss national was among the passengers according to Interfax News agency.
A spokeswoman for Saratov Airlines named Elena Voronova said that there hadn’t been any concerns about the technical condition of the plane. She explained that the plane had gone into service with Saratov Airlines in 2016.