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A passenger jet carrying 71 people crashed near Moscow

A Russian passenger jet carrying 65 passengers and six crew members crashed shortly after takeoff from Moscow on Sunday. All 71 people on board are believed to be dead.

The flight was operated by Saratov Airlines, which mostly flies within Russia. The airline has a history of safety violations; in 2015 it was temporarily prohibited from flying internationally after a person who was not a crew member was found in the cockpit during a surprise flight inspection.

The crashed plane was headed for the city of Orsk, near the border of Kazakhstan, and fragments of the fuselage have been discovered in fields about 50 miles southeast of Moscow. The cause of the crash is not yet known, but Russian President Vladimir Putin announced an investigation while sending his condolences to the families of the victims.