In this video grab provided by the , in Stepanovskoye village, shows a fragment of the AN-148 plane crash in a field about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, 57 kilometers (36 miles) south-east of Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. Russia's Emergencies Ministry says a passenger plane has crashed near Moscow and fragments of it have been found. (AP video via AP)

A plane from Russia flying with 71 passengers crashed near Moscow soon after its takeoff on Sunday afternoon, killing all the people on board.

Flight 703, operated by the Russian regional carrier Saratov Airlines, was carrying 71 people along with the six crew members. The plane went somewhere down near the village of Stepanovskoe, just around 50 miles southeast of Moscow in the Ramenskoe District, in accordance to a declaration from the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry.


The Russian aviation authority, Rosaviatsia, told media that the flight departed from Domodedovo Airport at 2:21 p.m. The Antonov AN-148, a tiny regional jet, was gone to the city of Orsk in the Orenburg region, about 1,000 miles southeast of Moscow, near the border with Kazakhstan.

“Several minutes after takeoff, radio connection with the crew disappeared, the plane’s mark disappeared from radars,” the Emergency Situations Ministry stated to media.

FlightRadar24. It is an online site that tracks real-time flight information, gives information about the plane losing elevation just six minutes after takeoff. It touched 6,400 feet before dropping to 5,800 feet, rising again briefly and falling sharply — all just in a minute.

Parts of the plane and many dead bodies were found near Stepanovskoe, the official news agency Tass reported to us that, they have cited a spokesman for the Emergency Services ministry.

The ministry added that “rescue workers, ambulances, and firefighters” were headed to the site of the crash, an open field.

“The snow is deep, we need heavy-duty equipment,” head of the Ramenskoe District, Andrei Kulakov stated in an interview broadcast by the news channel Rossiya 24.

Because of the outdated equipment and a dearth of government oversight plagued Russian aviation for years after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, and there were numerous crashes back then. But in current years, this industry’s security administration has gone better, considerably as larger airlines have invested in fleets of Western airplanes.

The plane from Russia that went down on Sunday, built in 2010, was initially part of the fleet of Rossiya airline, but it was in the warehouse for two years before being leased to Saratov a year ago.