UPDATE 1 – Passenger plane carrying 71 people crashes near Moscow

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A Saratov Airlines plane carrying more than 70 people has crashed on the outskirts of the Russian capital of Moscow, local officials say. At least 2 bodies have been found but the fate of the other passengers was not immediately known.

The incident happened on early Sunday afternoon after the aircraft, an Antonov An-148, took off from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport for a flight to Orsk, which is a city near the border with Kazakhstan. A total of 65 passengers and 6 crew members were on board.

Flight-tracking services showed that Saratov Airlines Flight 6W703 took off from Domodedovo Airport at 2:20 p.m. local time and reached an altitude of 6,400 feet (1,950 meter) about 5 minutes later. It then briefly lost and regained altitude before starting a steep drop.

The Interfax news agency reported that the aircraft disappeared from radar and went down near the village of Argunovo. It said body fragments from at least two people were found at the crash site, but the fate of the other passengers was not immediately known.

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