41 confirmed dead after Aeroflot plane bursts into flames in Moscow

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Forty-one people were killed when an Aeroflot plane made an emergency landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport.

 

An Aeroflot flight from Moscow to the northern Russian city of Murmansk was forced to make an emergency landing soon after take off on Sunday, leading to the death of 41 people on board.

 

Shocking video posted online by one of the passengers shows flight SU1492 crash landing on a runway in Moscow.

 

The pilot said lightning led to the emergency landing. However, he did not specify whether the one-year-old Russian-built Sukhoi Superjet-100 was struck directly.

 

According to reports, the plane bounced off the runway four times during landing. After the fourth bounce, the plane’s landing gear collapsed and the tail caught fire.

 

 

Russia’s Investigative Committee confirmed on Monday that out of the 78 people on board, 41 were killed.

 

Emergency teams recovered both flight recorders from the plane and an investigation will begin in due course.

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered his condolences to the victims’ loved ones and said the investigation “should be as thorough as possible”.