Feb 12, 2018, 0:34
'The plane vanished from radar minutes after taking off from Domodedovo Airport in Moscow.' The airport is also used by British Airways.
An emergency services source told Interfax news agency the plane crashed and there was "no chance" of survivors.
Russia's gazeta.ru website quotes unnamed investigators as saying the pilot had reported a malfunction and requested clearance for an emergency landing.
The cause of the crash is not immediately clear to anybody as The Russian Transport Ministry is trying to invest the actual reason.
President Vladimir Putin has offered his condolences to the families of the passengers and crew present in the plane.
Russian state news agency Tass said the plane that crashed had been flying since 2010, with a two-year break because of a shortage of parts.
Radio contact with the Saratov Airlines An-148 passenger plane was lost several minutes after the takeoff from Moscow's Domodedovo airport, according to Russia's Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya).
A rescue team has been sent to the scene.
Russian Federation has experienced record snowfall in recent weeks and investigators said they would not rule out poor weather as a possible cause of the disaster.
The plane was carrying 65 passengers and 6 crewmembers, a lot of them Russians, and was heading for the southern Russian city of Orsk.
The last aviation tragedy to claim scores of Russian lives occurred in December 2016, when a military aircraft carrying 92 passengers crashed in the Black Sea.
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