Russian plane with 71 on board crashes

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The flight-tracking website Flightradar24 says Saratov Airlines flight #6W703 was using a seven-year-old Antonov An-148 aircraft.

Saratov Airlines flight #6W703, heading from Domodedovo Airport to Orsk, a city 1,000 miles southeast of Moscow.

"Putin also instructed relevant agencies to organise the search operation". Some reports suggested there were questions about whether the plane had been properly de-iced. Pictures from the site showed the pieces of wreckage in a snow-covered field. Plane crashes are common in Russian Federation, where aging aircrafts are often approved for flight.

A cockpit voice recorder and parts of the plane's fuselage had been recovered by Sunday evening and were being examined, the ministry said.

A plane can disappear from radar when it gets too close to the ground to reflect radar signals. The country's transportation minister said there were no survivors.

There were no known complaints that the plane had technical problems, Voronova said.

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President Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said: "The president has instructed the government to set up a special commission over the plane crash in the Moscow region".

Russian airlines have frequently been cited for safety lapses.

Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations confirmed that the plane crashed on Sunday a few minutes after taking off. A light aircraft crashed in November in Russia's far east, killing six people on board.

In March 2016, all 62 passengers died when a FlyDubai jet crashed in bad weather during an aborted landing at Rostov-on-Don airport.

An onboard bomb destroyed a Russian Metrojet airliner soon after taking off from Egypt's Sharm al-Sheikh resort, killing 244 people in October 2015.

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