0533 GMT February 18, 2018
There were 65 passengers and six crew members onboard the An-148 regional jet which went missing from radars less than 10 minutes after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, TASS reported.
The plane – a short-haul regional Antonov An-148 – was bound for the Russian city of Orsk in the Orenburg region that borders Kazakhstan, some 1,500 kilometers southeast of Moscow.
Russian state TV channel Rossiya-24 showed footage of fragments of the plane in a snow-covered field.
“Debris has been found, there are no survivors,” TASS quoted a source as saying.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash. The Russian Transport Ministry was considering various possible reasons, including weather conditions and pilot error, Interfax said.
The passenger plane had been flying since 2010, with a two-year break because of a shortage of parts.
The last large-scale crash in Russia occurred on Dec. 25, 2016, when a Tu-154 operated by the Russian Defense Ministry on its way to Syria crashed into the Black Sea minutes after takeoff from the southern Russian city of Sochi. All 92 people on board were killed.
In March 2016, a Boeing 737-800 flown by flydubai crashed while landing at Rostov-on-Don, killing all 62 people aboard.
An onboard bomb destroyed a Russian Metrojet airliner soon after taking off from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh resort, killing 244 people in October 2015.