A Saratov Airlines plane with 71 people on board crashed on Sunday shortly after take-off from Moscow on its way to the Urals. It began descending at 3,300 feet per minute. Eyewitnesses told Russian media that the jet was on fire as it went down. Some described seeing a huge “mushroom cloud explosion” mid-air. There were no survivors.
Two children, Evgeny Livanov, 12, and Nadezhda Krasova, five, also died in the horror crash. The plane was bound for the Russian city of Orsk in the Orenburg region that borders Kazakhstan. All passengers were from the Russian region to which the plane was flying, It was an Antonov An-148 aircraft. Helicopters were at the scene as well as rescuers on snowmobiles.
Piece of wreckage
An official of the Emergency Situations Ministry said two bodies had been found at the site. Fragments were found in the Ramenskoye area about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the airport. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash. but weather conditions, a technical failure or pilot error are considered. Pieces of wreckage and bodies were found spread over a large area The plane had went into service with the company in 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences and pledged to create a commission to investigate the crash. Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said that the bodies are so badly damaged that identification will have to be by DNA matching. Drones will be used to search for bodies. A postal bag, still intact, was among the debris found.