Monday, 6 May 2019

41 people killed after plane erupts in flames in emergency landing at Russian airport


Russian passenger airliner was forced to make an emergency landing while on fire at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport Sunday, turning into a fiery ball as it skidded on the runway, killing 41 people.

 Thirty-seven passengers have been confirmed alive. Five people have been hospitalized, according to Aeroflot airlines.

Russia’s Investigative Committee, the equivalent of the FBI, has confirmed death toll and said two children were among those killed.

There were 73 passengers and 5 crew members on board the Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane, operated by the Russian airline Aeroflot. It took off from Moscow bound for the northern city of Murmansk, but was forced to turn back due to unspecified “technical reasons,” according to a statement from the airline, which added that the engine caught fire.

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