Black boxes and 800 body parts found at Moscow jet crash site

Russian plane crash

A plane crash near Moscow on Sunday which killed all 71 people on board may have occurred because its speed sensors were iced over.

The passenger plane was carrying 65 passengers, including three children, as well as six crew members.

The plane's operator, Saratov Airlines, said in a statement on Monday it was temporarily grounding its fleet of AN-148 planes until investigators had established what happened.

Wreckage from the plane was found in Ramensky area, about 40 kilometres from the airport. The cause of crash is unclear.

Russia's Aviation Committee said that so far around 400 pieces of the plane have been recovered, AFP reported.

"The Saratov Airlines plane (flight 730 from Moscow to Orsk) took off at 14.21 Moscow time". According to the TASS news agency, it was put out service for two years due to parts shortage, before resuming operations in 2015.

Russian investigators say a domestic airliner that crashed on Sunday exploded after it hit the ground. The twin-engine plane was operated by Russia's domestic Saratov Airlines.

President Vladimir Putin also offered his condolences to the loved ones of those killed. The aircraft only had one crash back in March 2011, which was a result of an in-flight break-up during a test flight.

Ilya Stavsky, 33, did not realise that he had witnessing the crash of the AN-148 plane when he looked into his orb.

Governor of the Orenburg region, where the plane was going to, told Russian news that more than 60 people on board were from there.

Pilot error was blamed for that crash.

The last major airline crash in Russian Federation occurred on December 25, 2016, when a Tu-154 operated by the Defense Ministry on its way to Syria crashed into the Black Sea minutes after takeoff from Sochi.

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