- The Antonov An-148 ‘broke up in the sky’ moments after it took off from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport
- All 71 people on the flight were killed, including 12-year-old Evgeny Livano and pilot Sergey Gambaryan
- The plane, operated by Saratov Airlines, was on its way to Orsk, a city in the Urals – 1,000 miles from Moscow
- Footage taken from a CCTV camera near where the crash occurred picked up a fireball and trail of smoke
Disturbing CCTV footage appears to show the devastating moment a Russian passenger plane crashed near Moscow, killing all 71 people aboard and scattering jagged chunks of wreckage across a snowy field. [restrict]
The Saratov Airlines regional jet disappeared from radar screens a few minutes after taking off from Domodedovo Airport on Sunday.
The An-148 plane crashed, with 65 passengers and six crew aboard, en route to Orsk, a city in the Urals, around 1,000 miles southeast of Moscow.
Footage taken from a surveillance camera near where the crash occurred picked up a fireball and trail of smoke and flames either at or close to ground level.
It is unclear if it is the main body of the aircraft or just a small part, but it was spotted moving at terrifying speed over the snowy landscape.
The footage may give vital clues to crash experts seeking an explanation for the tragedy. Eyewitness reports have already said the plane broke up into pieces mid-air before plunging into the field.
A five-year-girl named Nadezhda Krasova was the youngest victim. She died along with her 32-year-old mother Oksana Krasova.
Like many of the victims, Nadezhda and her mother were from Orsk, in Orenburg region, which will mark a day of mourning on Monday.
Also among the dead were Evgeny Livanov, 12, and Ilya Poletayev, 17, according to local reports. Stewardesses Anastasia Slavinskaya, 29, and Viktoria Koval, 21, and second pilot Sergey Gambaryan, 34, also died.
Other passengers who died included Ulyana Son, 28, Kriskentia Alexeenko, 25, and doctor Lyudmila Kovchuga, 53, also died.
The governor of the Orenburg region, where the plane was flying to, told Russian media that ‘more than 60 people’ on board the plane were from the region.
However, Russian sources said foreigners from Switzerland, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan were also on the doomed flight. A British embassy spokesman said they were not aware of any British victims.
Fragments from the Antonov An-148 airliner were found in the Ramenskoye area, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the airport. Footage on state television showed them strewn across a snowy field with no buildings nearby.
Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said Sunday afternoon that ‘judging by everything, no one has survived this crash.’ Russia’s Investigative Committee said all possible causes were being explored.
The crew did not report any problems prior to the plane falling out of the sky, Russian sources say.
‘No reports about technical malfunctions were received from the plane’s crew,’ said Svetlana Petrenko of the Russian Investigative Committee which has launched a criminal investigation into the crash.
Airport staff in Moscow were tonight being quizzed over the way the plane was prepared for its flight, she said.
‘Investigators are questioning employees of Moscow’s Domodedovo airport who were engaged to prepare the plane for the flight.
‘A similar inspection is conducted at the airport’s air traffic control service.’
State television aired a video of the crash site, showing parts of the wreckage in the snow. [/restrict]