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Russian passenger plane crashes after Moscow take-off, killing 71 people

The Saratov Airlines An-148 was reportedly carrying 65 passengers and six crew members as it took off from Moscow to Orsk, the second-largest city in the Orenburg region along the border with Kazakhstan.

The wreckage of a AN-148 plane is seen in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. Russia's Emergencies Ministry says a passenger plane has crashed near Moscow and fragments of it have been found. "Sixty-five passengers and six crew members were on board, and all of them died," Russia's office of transport investigations said in a statement.Russian President Vladimir Putin offered his condolences to the kin of those who lost their lives in the crash. (Source: Life.ru via AP)

The Russian passenger plane was operated by Saratov Airlines. It crashed in the Moscow region on Sunday, killing all 71 people on board, news agency Interfax said, citing a source in the emergency services. (Source: Reuters)

The cause of the crash was not clear immediately. However, the Russian Transport Ministry was taking into consideration various possible reasons, including weather conditions and a pilot error. (Source: Reuters)

The plane crashed Sunday afternoon 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport. It had gone missing from radars a few minutes after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport. (Source: Reuters)

The AN-148 aircraft was bound for Russian city of Orsk which is located some 1,500 kilometers (1,000 miles) southeast of Moscow. (Source; Reuters)

A view shows a scene where a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 crashed after taking off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport, outside Moscow, Russia February 11, 2018. (REUTERS/Stringer)

The fragments of the crashed plane were found in the Ramenskoye area about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport. A footage of the crash site, released by Russian state TV channel Rossiya-24, showed plane parts strewn across a snow-covered field. (Source: Reuters)