A source from Russia’s emergency services tells Interfax that the 71 people on board a plane that crashed outside Moscow “had no chance” of survival.
News agencies say witnesses in the village of Argunovo saw a burning plane falling from the sky and report that the wreckage of the plane was spread over a wide area around the crash site.
The Russian-made plane was 7 years old and bought by Saratov Airlines from another Russian airline a year ago.
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.
The Russian transport minister was on his way to the crash site, agencies reported. The transport ministry said several causes for the crash are being considered, including weather conditions and human error.
The governor of the Orenburg region, where the plane was flying to, told Russian media that “more than 60 people” onboard the plane were from the region.
Prosecutors opened an investigation into Saratov Airlines following the crash.
— with AFP