Cause of Russian plane crash remains unknown
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/12/18, 08:49 am
Investigators on Monday continued to search for clues to what caused a plane crash in Russia Sunday that killed all 71 people on board. The A-148 regional jet operated by Saratov Airlines disappeared from radar shortly after takeoff from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, crashing into a field about 25 miles from the airport. The casualties included six crew members and 65 passengers, who ranged in age from 5 to 79. Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said the search for the remains of victims could take a week. Investigators have ruled out a terror attack as the cause of the crash. Sokolov said the emergency teams have found the plane’s flight data recorder, which could help reveal the cause of the crash. Authorities said the pilots did not report any problems after takeoff. Saratov Airlines said the Russian jet was built in 2010 and had no history of technical problems since the airline started using it in 2016. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the United States “is deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of those on board Saratov Airlines Flight 703.” The last major airplane crash in Russia took place in 2016 when a military aircraft crashed into the Black Sea, killing all 92 people on
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Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.