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Fragments found after plane crashes killing 71

The wreckage of the AN-148 plane is seen in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Domodedovo airport, Russia, Sunday PICTURE: via AP

FRAGMENTS of a passenger plane that crashed near Moscow killing 71 people have been found, Russia's Emergencies Ministry has said.

There were no survivors, the country's transport minister said.

The An-148 regional jet disappeared from radar screens shortly after takeoff from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport on Sunday afternoon.

News reports said 65 passengers and six crew were on board the plane heading for the city of Orsk, about 1,000 miles south-east of Moscow.

The Tass news agency said the plane fragments were found in the Ramenskoye area about 25 miles from the airport.

The Interfax news agency quoted Sergei Sheremetsinsky, a spokesman for the regional governor, as saying that all passengers were residents of the Orenburg region.

Russia's Investigative Committee said all possible crash causes were being looked into.

Russian media said the jet belonged to Saratov Airlines.

Tass said the plane had first flown in 2010, with a two-year break because of a shortage of parts.

It was ordered by Rossiya Airlines, a subsidiary of Aeroflot, but was put into storage during 2015-2017 because of a lack of parts.

Tass reported that it re-entered service for Saratov Airlines in February 2017.

The jet was developed by Ukraine's Antonov company in the early 2000s, and was manufactured in Ukraine and Russia.

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