41 killed after Russian plane catches fire during emergency landing in Moscow

41 killed after Russian plane catches fire during emergency landing in Moscow

Both flight recorders from the plane have been recovered and investigators are working to establish what caused the disaster.

"The investigation is considering various versions for the cause of the incident, among which are the insufficient qualification of pilots, dispatchers and technical inspectors of the plane, as well as aircraft malfunction and adverse weather conditions", the committee said.

A day after Sunday's horrifying accident at Sheremetyevo airport, Russian news media quoted the pilot, Denis Evdokimov, as saying he followed procedures for landing with excess weight. RIA agency said that there were 78 passengers on the plane, which had been headed from Moscow to the northern Russian city of Murmansk.

Flames quickly engulfed the aircraft, killing 41 of the 78 people aboard. Once the plane had come to a halt, passengers used the plane's emergency slides from its two forward doors to exit the plane, before running away from the burning aircraft.

The aircraft had been flying for about half an hour when an emergency forced a landing, though it's not clear what caused the incident. The camera moves frantically as people rush towards the front of the plane to evacuate via air slides.

According to Komsomolskaya Pravda daily newspaper, one survivor said: "The landing was rough - I nearly passed out from fear".

"We were sitting really close to the plane, which was completely on fire", said Boris Kuznetsov, a correspondent for the Russian news website RT who was on a nearby plane and saw the landing.

At least 41 people died after a passenger plane made an emergency landing in Moscow on Sunday, with flames coming from its fuselage.

The Russian TASS news agency identified Brooks as the United States victim.


Forty-one people were killed after a Russian plane made an emergency landing and burst into flames at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow.

The footage prompted criticism, with concerns the passengers delayed the emergency evacuation by grabbing their luggage from overhead lockers.

Interfax news agency reported that the plane failed in its first attempt to land because it was still traveling at high speed, and then its automated equipment failed on the second approach, forcing the pilot into a hard landing.

Five people are in hospital.

Two children and a flight attendant were among the dead, Russian media reported.

The SSJ-100 is largely used in Russian Federation as a replacement for outdated Soviet-era aircraft, but is also used by airlines in other countries, including Armenia and Mexico.

President Vladimir Putin had offered his condolences to the families of the victims, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The Murmansk region - where numerous casualties are believed to be from - will go into a three-day period of mourning beginning Monday.

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