Russian media: Plane with 71 aboard crashes near Moscow

Russian media: Plane with 71 aboard crashes near Moscow

Russian media: Plane with 71 aboard crashes near Moscow

May 3: All 113 people on board an Airbus 320 operated by Armenian company Armavia flying from Yerevan to Sochi in southern Russian Federation die when the craft comes down in the Black Sea on its landing approach.

The aircraft en route Moscow-Orsk crashed on February 11, killing all 71 people on board.

In 2015 Saratov Airlines was banned from operating worldwide flights when surprise inspectors found someone other than the flight crew was in the cockpit.

The search-and-rescue operation is ongoing.

President Vladimir Putin put off a planned trip to Sochi to monitor the investigation.

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Russia's Investigative Committee launched an investigation into the cause of the crash.

Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said Sunday afternoon that "judging by everything, no one has survived this crash".

Within two minutes of climbing into the sky the plane began to lose altitude according to the FlightRadar24 tracker.

A Russian Saratov Airlines passenger plane has crashed after taking off from a Moscow airport, leaving no survivors among the 71 people on board. Wreckage of the plane was spread over a wide area around the crash site.

Eyewitnesses told Russian media that the jet was on fire as it went down.

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A Russian Post spokesman told local media: "There was a sack with mail weighing about 30 kilograms".

Witnesses reported seeing the passenger plane on fire as it plummeted to the ground, Interfax said.

"The crew and passengers had no chance".

The Saratov Airlines An-148 regional jet was traveling from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport to the Russian city of Orsk, about 1,000 miles to the southeast.

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