News broke early Sunday that a Russian passenger plane had crashed shortly after taking off from Moscow.
Worst fears from the start were that there would be no survivors, and that has since been confirmed. 71 people, 65 passengers and six crew, were all killed.
Chilling photos of emergency workers searching wreckage have emerge. Both flight data recorders from the Saratov Airlines An-148 were found among the debris.
A security camera from a nearby building recorded the moment the plane went down in flames.
Some of the victims have been named.
The youngest, news.com.au reported, was 5-year-old Nadezhda Krasova. Her mother, 32-year-old Oksana Krasova, died next to her.
Evgeny Livanov, 12, Ilya Poletayev, 17, Ulyana Son, 28, Kriskentia Alexeenko, 25, and Lyudmila Kovchuga, 53, have also been named.
Deceased crew members were also identified as Anastasia Slavinskaya, 29, and Viktoria Koval, 21, and Sergey Gambaryan, 34.
The oldest victim was 79.
The Investigative Committee, Russia’s premier state investigative agency, said the plane was intact and there had been no fire on board before it hit the ground. The plane’s fuel tanks exploded on impact, scattering debris across 74 acres in deep snow, according to the Emergency Ministry, which used drones to direct the search.
Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich told a Cabinet meeting that emergency teams have found both flight data and cockpit conversation recorders, which are crucial for determining the crash’s cause.
Saratov Airlines said the plane had received proper maintenance and passed all the necessary checks before the flight. The plane was built in 2010 for a different airline that operated it for several years before putting it in storage. Saratov Airlines commissioned it last year.
The airline said the plane’s captain had more than 5,000 hours of flying time, 2,800 of them in an An-148. The other pilot had 812 hours of experience, largely in that model of plane.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.