Russian passenger jet crash – 71 feared dead as plane goes down in Moscow

The An-148 aircraft operated by Saratov Airlines went missing from radar shortly after take-off from the Moscow airport.

Eyewitnesses reported to emergency services that the plane crashed near Argunovo village, just outside of Moscow.

A source told Russian media there were “no survivors”, however this has not been confirmed by authorities.

The plane is understood to have been carrying 65 passengers and six crew.

A source told Russia’s Interfax news agency: “The airplane reportedly crashed outside Argunovo village in the Moscow region.

“The crew and passengers had no chance.”

The Russian Emergencies Ministry said it is verifying reports that the An-148 has crashed outside Moscow.

The aircraft was heading for Orsk, a city close to the Russia-Kazakhstan border.