Published: Mon, May 06, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

One dead and four injured after fire breaks out on Russian plane

One dead and four injured after fire breaks out on Russian plane

News has emerged that an Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet, was forced into making an emergency landing at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport before bursting into flames on the runway.

In the videos, passengers could be seen leaping onto an inflatable slide at the front and running from the blazing plane as huge black columns of smoke billowed into the sky. In total 78 people were onboard, 37 of them survived, including four crew members.

Russia's Investigative Committee said one person was confirmed dead and four injured, but the Emergencies Ministry said six people had been hospitalised.

It is now unclear what caused the incident.

Sheremetyevo Airport was closed for a short period of time as a result of the accident.

"Psychologists and investigators are working with the surviving passengers".

"The passenger plane took off from Sheremetyevo to Murmansk".

The plane managed to land but burst into flames. We were so scared we nearly lost consciousness.

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

The Investigative Committee has said it has opened a criminal probe to establish the cause of the crash.

Data from tracking website Flightradar 24 indicates the emergency happened around 30 minutes after take-off.

Aeroflot has long shaken off its troubled post-Soviet safety record and now has one of the world's most modern fleets on worldwide routes where it relies on Boeing and Airbus aircraft.

A Sukhoi Superjet 100 of Russian airline Aeroflot burning at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, Russia, 05 May 2019.

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

Kristian Kostov, a former Bulgarian Eurovision contestant, has posted on social media about witnessing the incident.

The airport has continued to operate, though at least half a dozen flights have been diverted to other airports or cancelled.

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