'No survivors' after plane carrying dozens of people crashes near Moscow

The plane disappeared from radars shortly after taking off from Domodedovo Airport

'No survivors' after plane carrying dozens of people crashes near Moscow

Police guard near the site of air crash outside Moscow, Russia. Picture by: Evgeny Sinitsyn/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Updated 16.10

A passenger plane carrying 71 people has crashed in Russia, with officials saying it is believed there were no survivors.

The AN-148 aircraft had disappeared from radars shortly after taking off from Domodedovo Airport in Moscow.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Russian president said: "Vladimir Putin expressed deep condolences to all those who lost their relatives and friends as a result of the crash of a passenger aircraft in the Moscow Region.

"The wreckage of the aircraft was found in the Ramensky District, Moscow Region. According to preliminary information, there are no survivors."

The Emergencies Ministry said it had sent crews to the crash site.

Russian media reports the crews could not get to the site by vehicle and had to go by foot.

Tass news agency added that Russian authorities have confirmed fragments of the plane have been found, around 40 kilometres from the airport in Moscow.

The domestic plane was being operated by Saratov airlines, and had 65 passengers on board, along with six crew members.

It was flying to Orsk, a city in the Urals.

According to Flight Radar it took off at 11.22am (local time) and five minutes later it was tracked descending rapidly before the signal was lost.

Witnesses in the village told local media they saw a burning plane falling from the sky.

In a tweet, showing two emergency vehicles, the ministry explained the recovery process would involve 150 people and 20 vehicles.

The Russian-made AN-148 was seven-years-old and was bought by the airline one year ago.

The government has said a special commission will be established to investigate the cause of the crash.