>> Emergency workers in Russia searched snow-covered fields outside Moscow on Monday, looking for clues after 71 people died when a passenger plane crashed soon after takeoff on Sunday. The Saratov Airlines craft was headed for Orsk, about 1,500 kilometers southeast of the capital. CCTV footage of the crash shows what looks like a large ball of fire erupting on or near the ground.
In Orsk, people laid flowers in memory of the victims, and flags at government buildings flew at half mast. Investigators say they are looking at all possible reasons for the crash, opening a criminal case into the incident. They say possible causes include weather conditions, human error, and the plane's technical condition.
No distress signals were sent by the crew. Experts are now analyzing a flight recorder recovered in the wreckage as well as plane fragments. Officials say DNA tests are being organized with the relatives of those killed to try to identify human remains. The plane, manufactured in 2010, had been carrying 65 passengers and 6 crew.
The passenger list showed many young people were on board, including a five year old girl.