Moscow plane crash lands, 41 killed

A Russian passenger aircraft crash landed at an airport in Moscow leading to the death of at least 41 people. Aeroflot flight SU 1492 had taken off from Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow and was headed to Murmansk, a city in the Russian arctic circle.

However, an emergency endured within just 30 mins into the flight forced it to return back to Sheremetyevo airport. There is no official confirmation of what the emergency even though Russia’s Interfax news agency claimed the aircraft might have lost its ability to communicate post a lightning strike.

A video of the tragedy shot from the airport by other passengers have shown the plane – a Sukhoi Superjet 100 – approach the runway at high speed, which also could be the reason it bumped and launched back into the air after its first impact on the ground. The second time it touched ground again, its rear section caught fire which engulfed the entire plane within just moments.

Some passengers did manage to escape the burning plane via emergency slides with unconfirmed sources claiming their number to be around 37. The captain is the last to leave the plane and tragically lost his life. The plane had 78 people onboard, which includes five crew members.

Authorities including Sukhoi, the manufacturer of the plane said investigations are on to determine the exact cause of the crash.

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