A Russian plane belonging to Sarotov Airlines has gone down killing all 71 people on board.
It is not immediately clear what caused the crash, with weather conditions and pilot error said to be among the possible reasons. Russia’s Investigative Committee said all possible crash causes were being looked into.
Russia’s state news agency Tass said the plane had been flying since 2010, with a two-year break because of a shortage of parts.
The plane, an Antonov An-148 jet, was ordered by Rossiya Airlines, a subsidiary of Aeroflot, but was put into storage during 2015-2017 because of a lack of parts. Tass reports it re-entered service for Saratov Airlines in February 2017. The jet was developed by Ukraine’s Antonov company in the early 2000s, and was manufactured in both Ukraine and Russia.
The plane was headed to the Russian city of Orsk, near the border with Kazakhstan. But it disappeared from radar shortly after takeoff from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, Russian state news agency Tass reported.
Some of the debris from the crash that is strew all over the snow in a large area is currently being recovered by emergency and aviation personnel. The black box has been found and we await to hear its findings and information it will shed on the last moments of the fatal crash.
Sunday’s disaster ends a 440-day streak without a commercial passenger jet fatality — the longest stretch in modern aviation history.