Russian airliner disappeared from radar contact after leaving Moscow for regional city of Orsk, media say.

A Russian passenger plane has crashed after leaving Moscow’s Domodedovo airport with 71 people on board.

All passengers and crew were killed, officials say. Emergency services are working at the scene.

The Saratov Airlines jet vanished minutes after take-off and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow.

The Antonov An-148 was en route to the city of Orsk in the Ural mountains, near the border with Kazakhstan.

Flight-tracking site Flightradar24 said the aircraft was descending at the rate of 1,000m (3,300ft) per minute shortly after taking off early on Sunday afternoon.

Pieces of wreckage and bodies were found spread over a large area.

Those on board included 65 passengers and six crew. President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences to the victims’ families and announced an inquiry into the cause of the crash.

Russia’s gazeta.ru website quotes unnamed investigators as saying the pilot had reported a malfunction and requested clearance for an emergency landing.

All 65 passengers were from Orenburg, the Russian region to which the plane was flying, a spokesman for the regional governor told Interfax news agency.

This is the first commercial passenger jet crash for more than a year – 2017 was the safest year on record for air travel.

Russian airlines have suffered two major plane crashes in recent years:

Saratov Airlines is based in Saratov, 840km south-east of Moscow.

In 2015 it was banned from operating international flights when surprise inspectors found someone other than the flight crew was in the cockpit.

The airline appealed against the ban and changed its policy before resuming international charter flights in 2016.

It flies mainly between Russian cities but also has destinations in Armenia and Georgia.

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