Russian Plane Crash: Investigators Hunt For Clues
Investigators will examine on Monday numerous possible causes of one of Russia's worst ever aviation accidents that saw a passenger plane carrying 71 people crash near Moscow minutes after take-off, killing everyone on board.
Russia's Investigative Committee said it would consider explanations including human error, technical failure and weather conditions, as the country has experienced record snowfall in recent weeks.
But it did not mention the possibility of terrorism.
The Antonov An-148 plane went down in the Ramensky district on the outskirts of Moscow at 14:48 on Sunday after taking off from Domodedovo airport in the capital.
"65 passengers and 6 crew members were on board, and all of them died," Russia's office of transport investigations said in a statement.
Three children were among the fatalities on a list published by Russian authorities.
The flight was operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines and was headed for Orsk, a city in the Ural mountains.
More than 400 people and 70 vehicles had been deployed to the crash site, the country's emergency ministry said.
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