MOSCOW — A Russian passenger plane has crashed near Moscow soon after take-off, killing all 71 people on board. Saratov Airlines’ Antonov An-148 jet carrying 65 passengers and 6 crew crashed after take-off outside Moscow.
The Saratov Airlines regional jet disappeared from radar screens a few minutes after departing from Domodedovo Airport en route to the city of Orsk, about 1,500 kilometres south-east of Moscow.
Domodedovo air traffic control lost contact with Saratov Airlines flight 703, bound for Orsk, several minutes after take off, an official from Russia’s Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) told local media.
Emergency services immediately deployed rapid response teams to the reported crash site, but rescuers and medics had to reach it on foot, walking through the countryside buried under snow.
Fragments from the airliner were found in the Ramenskoye area, about 40 kilometres from the airport. Preliminary reports say the wreckage is spread across an area between adjacent villages.
The office of Russia’s transport prosecutor said all 71 people on board had been killed. The Emergencies Ministry said the search-and-rescue operation will work around the clock, with the crash site observed by drones.
Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov confirmed there were no survivors and said DNA tests would be needed to identify the dead.
President Vladimir Putin offered condolences to those who had lost relatives and ordered a special investigative commission to be set up. Putin also put off a planned trip to Sochi in order to closely monitor the investigation.Follow @gorkhapost
Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days
KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.
Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.
Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.
Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.
According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.Follow @gorkhapost