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Russian media: Plane with 71 aboard crashes near Moscow

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Russian media: Plane with 71 aboard crashes near Moscow

A Russian airliner carrying 71 passengers and crew has crashed after vanishing from radar screens as it left a Moscow airport, Russian media are reporting.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin offered his "profound condolences" to the families of the victims.

Russian Federation has seen record high snowfall in recent days and visibility was reportedly poor.

A video showing the alleged crash site of a Saratov Airlines plane near Moscow has emerged online.

John Cox, a former airline pilot and now a US-based safety consultant, said the disappearance could also indicate that the jet's transponder lost power.

The An-148 Saratov Airlines flight went off radar shortly after take-offa round 2.24pm local time, sources have said.

The Russian transport minister was on his way to the crash site, agencies reported.

The footage appears to show the wreckage of the aircraft with 71 people feared to be dead.

Saratov Airlines, a regional carrier, had no crashes until Sunday.

Russia's Investigative Committee said all possible crash causes were being looked into. Its hub is Saratov Central Airport in southern Russian Federation.

Officials said all those on board are thought to have died.

The Russian jet was heading for Orsk, a city close to the Russia-Kazakhstan border. It's reported to have crashed 50 miles south-east of Moscow.

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