The aircraft left Moscow for the city of Orsk today. It rushed to the ground a few minutes of flight.
An Antonov An-148 and registration RA-61704, belonging to Saratov Airlines, crashed on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia.
The plane was carrying out flight 6W 703, between Moscow-Domodedovo Airport (DME) of the Russian capital, and Orsk Airport (OSW), located in the city of the same name, in the south of the country and close to the border with Kazakhstan
The aircraft departed at 14:00 hours from Domodedovo Airport and after a few minutes of flight it crashed in a field near the small town of Argunovo, in the Moscow Metropolitan Area.
The accident site is located about 35 kilometers southeast of the departure airport, and 80 kilometers from the center of Moscow.
The accident took place at 2:21 pm local time (11:21 Universal Time), and its 71 occupants (65 passengers and 6 crew) died in the accident.
The causes of the tragedy are investigated, including the climatic factor or a human error. Although findings at the scene of the accident open the hypothesis that the plane of Saratov Airlines collided with a helicopter that departed from the nearby Zhukovsky Airport.
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The authorities are currently working at the accident site.