Investigation launched into Moscow plane crash

Plane with 71 people on-board 'crashes shortly after take off' after disappearing off Russian radar

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A passenger plane with Saratov Airlines crashed near Moscow on Sunday, according to Russia's Emergency Ministry.

Families of the passengers and crew were gathering at the airport in Orsk, about 1,100 miles east of Moscow.

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The flight was operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines and was headed for Orsk, a city in the Ural mountains.

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

Nearly all of the people on the plane were from the eastern part of the Orenburg region, according to the region's governor's office, Interfax said.

Villagers from Argunovo, near the crash site, reported seeing the burning plane falling from the sky over Moscow region's Ramensky district.

Emergency services said in a statement that more than 150 rescue workers were deployed to the site.

A video filmed by local boys showed wreckage in the snow and debris was found spread over a "large area".

Radio contact with the seven-year-old Russia-made plane was lost at 14:21 Moscow time (1121 GMT), several minutes after the takeoff.

Andrei Odintsov, the mayor of Orsk, said six psychologists and four ambulances were working with relatives in the small airport.

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.

Russian transport minister Maxim Sokolov confirmed that there were no survivors. According to media reports from Russian Federation, everyone on the plane died.

Saratov Airlines, a regional carrier, had no crashes until Sunday.

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