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The An-148 regional jet disappeared from radar screens shortly after takeoff from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport on Sunday afternoon. News reports said 71 people — 65 passengers and six crew — were aboard the plane heading for the city of Orsk, about 1,500 kilometers (1,000 miles) southeast of Moscow.
Russian media said the jet belonged to Saratov Airlines.
Orenburg: On the border between Europe and Asia
The town of Orsk is also close to Orenburg. The conventional boundary between Europe and Asia passes through it, so that its historic center is located in the Asian part of the continent, and the new construction is in the European part.
Russia's 'Space Forces' just completed the construction of two new radar facilities
Russia's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has just completed the construction of two radar facilities along with four storage centres which will hold Bulava missiles for their "Space Forces".
The radars are located at the Orsk in the Urals and in Barnaul in southwest Siberia, while the Bulava storage facilities are based in Severomorsk in northwest Russia, Tass reported.