Breaking: 71 feared dead after plane crashes outside Moscow

An airplane carrying 65 passengers and 6 crew members has crashed outside Moscow on Sunday amid snowy conditions.

The plane, an Antonov An-148 regional jet that belonged to Saratov Airlines, disappeared soon after taking off from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport earlier this afternoon (local time), according to the Associated Press.

The aircraft reportedly crashed just outside the village of Argunovo, only about 50 miles (80 kilometers) outside of Moscow, amid snowy conditions.

At nearby Sherbet Airport in Moscow, light snow and low clouds have been limiting visibility to less than 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) for a couple of hours leading up to and including the time of the crash.

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MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11, 2018: Wreckage of a Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 plane. The passenger plane with 71 people on board bound for the Ural city of Orsk crashed minutes after taking off from Domodedovo International Airport on February 11, 2018. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)
Police block the road near the site of air crash outside Moscow on February 11, 2018. A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed outside Moscow on February 11 after taking off from the capital's Domodedovo airport. / AFP PHOTO / Vasily MAXIMOV (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)
MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11, 2018: Wreckage of a Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 plane. The passenger plane with 71 people on board bound for the Ural city of Orsk crashed minutes after taking off from Domodedovo International Airport on February 11, 2018. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11, 2018: The crash site of a Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 plane. The passenger plane with 71 people on board bound for the Ural city of Orsk crashed minutes after taking off from Domodedovo International Airport on February 11, 2018. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11, 2018: The crash site of a Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 plane. The passenger plane with 71 people on board bound for the Ural city of Orsk crashed minutes after taking off from Domodedovo International Airport on February 11, 2018. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)
Police block the road near the site of air crash outside Moscow on February 11, 2018. A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed outside Moscow on February 11 after taking off from the capital's Domodedovo airport. / AFP PHOTO / Vasily MAXIMOV (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)
MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11, 2018: The crash site of a Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 plane. The passenger plane with 71 people on board bound for the Ural city of Orsk crashed minutes after taking off from Domodedovo International Airport on February 11, 2018. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11, 2018: The crash site of a Saratov Airlines Antonov An-148 plane. The passenger plane with 71 people on board bound for the Ural city of Orsk crashed minutes after taking off from Domodedovo International Airport on February 11, 2018. Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS (Photo by Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images)
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"It was cloudy with light snow falling across Moscow. Visibility was generally between 1-3 miles," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty.

The aircraft was headed for Orsk, which lies near the Russia-Kazakhstan border, over 1050 miles (1,700 kilometers) farther to the southeast.

"A group of rescuers have been sent to the possible crash site in Ramenski district on the outskirts of Moscow," the representative of Russia's ministry of emergency situations said.

"Light snow is expected to fall in this region through the rest of the night," Douty added.

This is a developing story. Continue to check back with AccuWeather as more information becomes available.

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