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On Sunday, February 11th, 2018, a Russian passenger flight took off from Domodedovo Airport towards Moscow only to crash some 20 miles away into a snow-covered field. The crash of the An-148 Flight 703 operated by Saratov Airlines was captured by a closed circuit camera mounted nearby. Residents in the area stated the windows in their houses shook as the aircraft crashed.
As the investigation unfolds, the ATC told investigators the aircraft disappeared from their radars shortly after takeoff. At the time of this writing, the black box has been recovered but not analyzed.
“The scatter of fragments of the aircraft and bodies of dead passengers occupies a large territory; the radius is not less than 1 kilometer (0.6 miles).” – Svetlana Petrenko | Spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee
Over 600 workers and volunteers are scouring a large area of over a half a mile where debris and body parts have been scattered. So far, it’s been reported they’ve collected over 200 body parts.
The aircraft took off with 65 passengers and 6 crewmembers, all of whom have perished. This number includes three children aged 3, 13 and 17.
Here’s the coverage of the incident on a U.S. news media network.
Here’s the CCTV footage from a nearby house which captured the incident from afar.