Russia Plane Crash: Emergency workers and Investigators search crash site

Russian Emergency workers and investigators are searching snow-covered fields outside Moscow looking for body fragments and clues,with the latter trying to understand what happened when a passenger plane crashed, killing all 71 passengers and crew.

The Sarativ Airlines plane crashed just outside of Moscow, minutes after it took off from Domodedovo airport on Sunday. Russian President, Vladimir Putin
expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and ordered a special commission to investigate the cause of what is being called Russia biggest air disaster in more than year.

Officials are currently of the opinion that weather conditions, human error and technical failure are possible causes but no distress signal was sent out by the plane's crew. 

The plane was headed for the city of Orsk in the Orenburg region but crashed near the Argunovo village, south east of Moscow and took off at 14:27 (11:27 GMT). Over 700 people are involved in the search operation, with debris and human remains spread over a large around the crash site, which is being searched on foot.


Recovery of all the victims remains could take up to a week according to the country's health minister. According to officials for the Emergency Situations Ministry said DNA tests were being taken from relatives of those killed in the crash to help identify body fragments.

Emergency workers announced that they had recovered the second flight recorder from the aircraft on Monday.

The passenger list showed that among the 65 passengers and 6 crew members was a 5 year-old girl.

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