An investigation into the Russian plane crash says numerous causes would be considered, including weather conditions, human error and technical failure.

The flight was operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines and was headed for Orsk, a city in the Ural Mountains. The country's emergency ministry says more than 400 people and 70 vehicles had been deployed to the crash site.  The site was enveloped in heavy snow, making it difficult to access, with emergency workers forced to park their vehicles and access the wreckage by foot. Others used snowmobiles and drones to survey the scene. Russia has experienced record snowfall in recent weeks and investigators, said they would not rule out poor weather as a possible cause of the disaster.


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