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Search continues for bodies after Russian plane crash (Lead)

Monday - February 12, 2018 4:40 pm , Category : WORLD
 Search continues for bodies after Russian plane crash (Lead)
Search continues for bodies after Russian plane crash (Lead)

Moscow Feb 12 (IANS) Russian search teams continue to recover bodies and fragments of the AN-148 passenger plane which crashed with 71 people on board on the outskirts of the Russian capital leaving no survivors.



"The work is being carried out in an uninterrupted manner. We expect that the main phase of the search will last seven days " Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov was quoted as saying by Efe news.

He explained that the search tasks were being hindered by aircraft fragments scattered across different areas snow and difficult terrain.

Russian authorities didn t forward any hypothesis on the possible causes behind the crash but said that all lines of investigation were open.

The Russian media released images captured by a surveillance camera of the moment when the Saratov Airlines plane crashed on the ground on Sunday causing a huge explosion.

Flight 6w 703 flying from Moscow to Orsk in the south of the Urals had taken off minutes earlier from Domodedovo airport.

Onboard were six crew members and 65 passengers including three children.

Initially authorities reported that all passengers were Russian citizens but later said that there were two foreign nationals -- a Swiss and an Azerbaijani.

Sunday s air crash is the worst plane crash to occur in Russia since December 25 2016 when a Tu-154 crashed into the Black Sea killing its 96 occupants.

--IANS
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