A plane belonging to Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot caught fire and made an emergency landing in Moscow. (May 5)
A Russian Aeroflot jet landed in Moscow engulfed in flames and billowing smoke Sunday in a deadly crash captured on dramatic video.
At least 13 people died in the fiery wreck, reported the Russian state news agency Tass, citing Russia’s Investigative Committee.
Video shows the plane in flames as it roars down the runway. After it stops, some passengers can be seen leaping onto inflatable slides and stumbling away from the raging flames, some fleeing with luggage in tow.
The Sukhoi Superjet, with 73 passengers and five crew members, had requested an emergency landing, Tass said.
Aeroflot said in a statement that Flight SU1492 from Moscow to the northwestern Russian city Murmansk suffered an engine fire upon landing after being forced to return to Sheremetyevo International Airport because of technical issues. No details on what caused the fire were released.
The fire was quickly extinguished and passengers were able to exit the aircraft via the emergency exits, the airline said. Medical assistance was immediately provided to those injured, the statement said.
“An investigation has been launched into the incident, and Aeroflot has activated its crisis response team,” the statement said.
The Investigative Committee said a criminal investigation into the incident was launched. Sukhoi said it was represented on the panel, and the company said the plane was produced in August 2017 and had scheduled maintenance about a month ago.
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