Plane lands in Moscow covered in flames, multiple deaths reported

Saul Bowman
Мая 6, 2019

Video shot by Norenko Mikhail, a passenger of a different plane at the airport, shows the plane in flames with passengers running to safety.

A plane belonging to Russian national carrier Aeroflot has landed in flames at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and unconfirmed reports say at least five people have been injured.

There were 73 passengers and 5 crew members on board the Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane, operated by the Russian airline Aeroflot.

The Russian news agency TASS, citing sources, said at least 1 person was killed in the blaze.

Emergency vehicles arrived at the airport to assist passengers moving away from the plane - some holding luggage - and fight the flames, which were coming out of the airplane's rear section.

One person was killed and at least five were injured when a Russian plane exploded into flames as it made an emergency landing at Moscow's main worldwide airport.

Investigators said they were looking into various lines of inquiry and it was premature to draw any conclusions about the cause of the accident.

Shortly after the plane stops, people start to jump out using the two front emergency slides.

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"We took off and then lightning struck the plane", the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily cited one surviving passenger, Pyotr Egorov, as saying.

The Russian Superjet 100 was flying from Moscow to Murmansk when a fire broke out on board.

Initial indications suggest an electrical fault might have caused the fire while the plane was in the air.

She also stressed that all the services of the Sheremetyevo airport acted quickly and promptly fighting the plane fire.

According to the play-back of the flightradar data, made by Bloger51 in Murmansk, the plane was in the air for 27 minutes.

On the second landing attempt, the plane's engines caught on fire as the wheels touched ground, media reports said.

"The plane sent out a distress signal after takeoff", a source told Interfax news agency.

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