Wednesday, 21 February 2018

World News

Russia Saratov Crash: Investigators Comb Crash Site Near Moscow

Russian investigators are searching snow-covered fields near Moscow for clues why a passenger plane crashed.

It was reported that all 71 passengers and crew were killed when the Saratov Airlines jet went down minutes after taking off from Domodedovo airport on Sunday afternoon, February 11, 2018.

Officials say they are considering weather conditions, human error and technical failure as possible causes, but did not mention the possibility of terrorism.

The Antonov An-148 was en route to Orsk in the Ural mountains, and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow.

Reports gathered that wreckage and body parts were strewn over a large area.

More than 700 people are involved in the search operation, with the remote crash site being searched on foot with the aid of drones.

The Country's Health Minister said the recovery of all the victims' remains could take up to a week.

President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences to the victims' families, both the US and the UK governments said they were "deeply saddened" by the tragedy.

Reports say this is the first commercial passenger jet crash for more than a year.