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Surveillance footage captures moment Russian plane crashed, killing 71

Bruce Johnson  RIGHT WING TRIBUNE –

Yesterday we reported that a Russian airliner crashed minutes after takeoff from a Moscow airport on Sunday, killing all 65 passengers and six crew members on board.

The plane was an An-148, a regional jet belonging to Saratov Airlines, that had taken off from Domodedovo Airport and was headed to Orsk about 1,000 miles southeast of Moscow, REN-TV reported.

The crash was was captured on surveillance footage which appeared to show the moment the plane crashed in a ball of fire just minutes after it took off, Fox News reports.

Take a look:

YouTube video courtesy of Ella oursa

The Antonov An-148 regional jet disappeared from radar about 12 miles southeast of the airport, according to flight-tracking website Flightradar24. A plane can disappear from radar when it gets too close to the ground to reflect radar signals.

Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov confirmed that none of the 65 passengers — ages 5 to 79 — or six crew members survived.

Eyewitnesses saw the fall of a burning aircraft in the suburbs, a source in emergency services told Interfax.

Fox News reports that authorities have found a black box belonging to the aircraft and have cordoned off the area of the crash site, regional head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Sergei Poletykin said in a conference call.

“One recorder was found at the crash site,” Poletykin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin postponed a planned trip to Sochi to closely monitor the investigation and offered his condolences to the families of those killed.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement to Interfax that Putin “expresses deep condolences to all those who lost their relatives and friends in this disaster.”

“The president instructed the government to set up a special commission in connection with the plane crash in the Moscow region and instructed the relevant agencies to conduct the necessary search operations,” Peskov told Interfax.

YouTube video courtesy of euronews (in English)

Witnesses in the village told local media they saw a burning plane falling from the sky, according to Sky News.

A local resident told REN-TV she heard an explosion.

“I left the house, saw the plane, an explosion was heard and the sky turned red,” the unnamed woman told the television station.

It is not immediately clear what caused the crash, with weather conditions and pilot error said to be among the possible reasons. Russia’s Investigative Committee said all possible crash causes were being looked into.

“The United States is deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of those on board Saratov Airlines Flight 703.  We send our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and to the people of Russia,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved.

God Bless.

Bruce Johnson  RIGHT WING TRIBUNE

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