Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

Emergency teams combed the snowy fields outside Moscow on Monday, searching for debris from a crashed Russian airliner and the remains of the 71 people aboard it who died. The An-148 twin-engine regional jet bound for Orsk in the southern Urals went down minutes after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport Sunday afternoon. All 65 passengers and 6 crew on board were killed.

Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said the search for victims’ remains will take a week. He noted that emergency teams already have found the plane’s flight data recorder, which is crucial for determining the crash’s cause. Russian investigators quickly ruled out a terror attack but will not speculate on possible reasons for the crash. (AP)

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<p>Personnel work at the scene of a AN-148 plane crash in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

Personnel work at the scene of a AN-148 plane crash in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

<p>A girl talks to a priest at a city airport. A Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 plane with 71 people on board bound for the Ural city of Orsk crashed minutes after taking off from Domodedovo International Airport on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

A girl talks to a priest at a city airport. A Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 plane with 71 people on board bound for the Ural city of Orsk crashed minutes after taking off from Domodedovo International Airport on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Russian Emergency Situations Ministry employees and Russian police officers work at the scene of a AN-148 plane crash in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry employees and Russian police officers work at the scene of a AN-148 plane crash in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

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<p>The crash site of a Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 plane. The passenger plane with 71 people on board bound for the Ural city of Orsk crashed minutes after taking off from Domodedovo International Airport on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Mikhail Japaridze\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

The crash site of a Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 plane. The passenger plane with 71 people on board bound for the Ural city of Orsk crashed minutes after taking off from Domodedovo International Airport on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Mikhail Japaridze\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>In this video grab provided by the ORSK.RU web site, Relatives and friends of those on the Saratov Airlines airline plane An-148 flight that crashed near Moscow’s airport Domodedovo react while gathering at an airport outside Orsk, Russia, Feb. 11, 2018. (Orsk.ru via AP) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

In this video grab provided by the ORSK.RU web site, Relatives and friends of those on the Saratov Airlines airline plane An-148 flight that crashed near Moscow’s airport Domodedovo react while gathering at an airport outside Orsk, Russia, Feb. 11, 2018. (Orsk.ru via AP)

<p>Russian Emergency Situations Ministry employees and Russian police officers work at the scene of a AN-148 plane crash in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry employees and Russian police officers work at the scene of a AN-148 plane crash in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

<p>The crash site of a Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 plane. The passenger plane with 71 people on board bound for the Ural city of Orsk crashed minutes after taking off from Domodedovo International Airport on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

The crash site of a Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 plane. The passenger plane with 71 people on board bound for the Ural city of Orsk crashed minutes after taking off from Domodedovo International Airport on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>The crash site of a Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 plane. The passenger plane with 71 people on board bound for the Ural city of Orsk crashed minutes after taking off from Domodedovo International Airport on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

The crash site of a Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 plane. The passenger plane with 71 people on board bound for the Ural city of Orsk crashed minutes after taking off from Domodedovo International Airport on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>Wreckage of a Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 plane. The passenger plane with 71 people on board bound for the Ural city of Orsk crashed minutes after taking off from Domodedovo International Airport on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

Wreckage of a Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 plane. The passenger plane with 71 people on board bound for the Ural city of Orsk crashed minutes after taking off from Domodedovo International Airport on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>A man looks at wreckage near the scene of a AN-148 plane crash in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

A man looks at wreckage near the scene of a AN-148 plane crash in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Feb. 12, 2018. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

<p>In this photo provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, RMES employees and Russian police officers work at the scene of a AN-148 plane crash in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Feb. 11, 2018. A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed Sunday near Moscow, killing everyone aboard shortly after the jet took off from one of the city’s airports. The Saratov Airlines regional jet disappeared from radar screens a few minutes after departing from Domodedovo Airport en route to Orsk, a city some 1,500 kilometers (1,000 miles) southeast of Moscow. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

In this photo provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, RMES employees and Russian police officers work at the scene of a AN-148 plane crash in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Feb. 11, 2018. A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed Sunday near Moscow, killing everyone aboard shortly after the jet took off from one of the city’s airports. The Saratov Airlines regional jet disappeared from radar screens a few minutes after departing from Domodedovo Airport en route to Orsk, a city some 1,500 kilometers (1,000 miles) southeast of Moscow. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)

<p>In this photo provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, RMES employees work at the scene of a AN-148 plane crash in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

In this photo provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, RMES employees work at the scene of a AN-148 plane crash in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)

<p>Police block the road to the scene of a AN-148 plane crash in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Nikolay Koreshkov/AP) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

Police block the road to the scene of a AN-148 plane crash in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia, Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Nikolay Koreshkov/AP)

<p>Emergency services work at the scene where a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 plane crashed after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, outside Moscow, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

Emergency services work at the scene where a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 plane crashed after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, outside Moscow, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

<p>In this screen grab provided by the Life.ru, the wreckage of a AN-148 plane is seen in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Life.ru via AP) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

In this screen grab provided by the Life.ru, the wreckage of a AN-148 plane is seen in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Life.ru via AP)

<p>A view shows a scene where a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 crashed after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, outside Moscow, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

A view shows a scene where a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 crashed after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, outside Moscow, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)

<p>Emergency services work at the scene where a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 plane crashed after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, outside Moscow, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

Emergency services work at the scene where a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 plane crashed after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, outside Moscow, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

<p>A view shows a scene where a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 crashed after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, outside Moscow, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

A view shows a scene where a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 crashed after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, outside Moscow, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)

<p>Emergency services work at the scene where a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 plane crashed after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, outside Moscow, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

Emergency services work at the scene where a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 plane crashed after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, outside Moscow, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

<p>In this screen grab provided by the Life.ru, the wreckage of a AN-148 plane is seen in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Life.ru via AP) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

In this screen grab provided by the Life.ru, the wreckage of a AN-148 plane is seen in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Life.ru via AP)

<p>Emergency services work at the scene where a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 plane crashed after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, outside Moscow, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

Emergency services work at the scene where a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 plane crashed after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, outside Moscow, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

<p>A view shows a scene where a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 crashed after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, outside Moscow, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

A view shows a scene where a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 crashed after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, outside Moscow, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)

<p>In this screen grab provided by the Life.ru, the wreckage of a AN-148 plane is seen in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Life.ru via AP) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

In this screen grab provided by the Life.ru, the wreckage of a AN-148 plane is seen in Stepanovskoye village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Domodedovo airport, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Life.ru via AP)

<p>Emergency services work at the scene where a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 plane crashed after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, outside Moscow, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters) </p>
Russian passenger plane crashes shortly after takeoff

Emergency services work at the scene where a short-haul regional Antonov AN-148 plane crashed after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, outside Moscow, Russia on Feb. 11, 2018. (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

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