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Russia hunts for clues after fatal plane crash
    2018-February-13  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

EMERGENCY workers in Russia searched snow-covered fields outside Moscow yesterday, looking for body fragments and clues after a fatal plane crash a day earlier killed all 71 people on board.

President Vladimir Putin has ordered a special commission to investigate what caused the AN-148 plane operated by Saratov Airlines to crash outside Moscow shortly after taking off for the city of Orsk in the Orenburg region, about 1,500 km southeast of the capital.

Among the possible causes investigators are looking into are weather conditions, human error and the plane’s technical condition. The plane’s crew did not send any distress signals.

Experts are analyzing a flight recorder recovered in the wreckage as well as plane fragments. Footage from a CCTV camera which captured some of what happened was posted online yesterday. It showed what looked like a large ball of fire streaking through the sky.

Debris and human remains are spread over a radius of a kilometer around the crash site, investigators have said.

Officials from Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry told a meeting broadcast on state TV yesterday that DNA tests were being organized with the relatives of those killed to try to identify body fragments.

The plane, manufactured in 2010, had been carrying 65 passengers and six crew.

The Antonov An-148 plane went down in the Ramensky district on the outskirts of Moscow at 2:48 p.m. Sunday after taking off from Domodedovo airport in the capital.

“Sixty-five passengers and six crew members were on board, and all of them died,” Russia’s office of transport investigations said in a statement.

Three children were among the fatalities on a list published by Russian authorities.

The flight was headed for Orsk, a city in the Ural mountains.

More than 400 people and 70 vehicles had been deployed to the crash site, the country’s emergency ministry said.

The site was enveloped in heavy snow, making it difficult to access, with emergency workers forced to park their vehicles and reach the wreckage by foot. Others used snowmobiles and drones to survey the scene.

Russian transport minister Maksim Sokolov said “genetic expertise” would be needed to help identify the victims, adding that it could “take two or three months.”

A regional official said the aircraft’s black box had been retrieved.

The Russian-made plane was reportedly seven years old and bought by Saratov Airlines from another Russian airline a year ago. (SD-Agencies)

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