Plane crash outside Moscow leaves 71 dead amid snowy conditions

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February 11, 2018, 12:07:57 PM EST

An airplane carrying 65 passengers and six crew members has crashed outside Moscow on Sunday amid snowy conditions. Russia's transport minister confirmed that there were from the crash.

The plane, an Antonov An-148 regional jet that belonged to Saratov Airlines, disappeared soon after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport earlier this afternoon (local time), according to the Associated Press.

The speed and altitude graph for flight show a descent from 6200 feet to 3200 feet during the last minute before the ADS-B signal was lost about 20 km south-east of Domodedovo Airport.

— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24)

The aircraft reportedly crashed just outside the village of Argunovo, only about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of Moscow, amid snowy conditions.

At nearby Sherbet Airport in Moscow, light snow and low clouds have been limiting visibility to less than 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) for a couple of hours leading up to and including the time of the crash.

"It was cloudy with light snow falling across Moscow. Visibility was generally between 1-3 miles," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty.

It is unclear if the weather played a factor in the crash.

"Light snow is expected to fall in this region through the rest of the night," Douty added.

This snow may impact rescue efforts and make it difficult for crews to reach and navigate around the crash site.

: Crash scene only accessible on foot due to weather conditions on the ground

— RT (@RT_com)

The aircraft was headed for Orsk, which lies near the Russia-Kazakhstan border, over 1,050 miles (1,700 kilometers) farther to the southeast.

"A group of rescuers have been sent to the possible crash site in Ramenski district on the outskirts of Moscow," the representative of Russia's ministry of emergency situations said.

In this screen grab provided by the, the wreckage of a AN-148 plane is seen in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. Russia's Emergencies Ministry says a passenger plane has crashed near Moscow and fragments of it have been found. ( via AP)

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