Russian Federation says at least 40 dead on burning jet

07 May, 2019, 04:28 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Moscow airport fire

Emergency workers on Monday said they had removed 41 bodies from the scorched tail section of the Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100, confirming Sunday's fire as Russia's deadliest aviation accident in several years.

Another video shot inside the cabin showed roaring flames outside the window and passengers crying out in panic.

Video of the crash shows the plane bouncing on the runway and becoming engulfed in flames shortly after making a hard landing.

While numerous 78 passengers and five crew managed to escape, an unconfirmed number of people are still unaccounted for.

The SSJ-100 is largely used in Russian Federation as a replacement for outdated Soviet-era aircraft, but is also used by airlines in other countries, including Armenia and Mexico. A total of 73 passengers and five crew members were on board.

Some flights have been diverted to other airports.

Miss Kasatkina said she saw an "electric flash" before being informed that the flight would be making an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Murmansk's Acting Governor Andrey Chibis has reportedly said that the families of those killed in the fire will each receive one million rubles ($NZ23,125), while the victims being treated in hospital will be given 500,000 rubles ($NZ11,562).

At least two children were among the 41 dead in the Sunday crash and nine more were hospitalized, three with serious injuries, authorities said.

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Mr Evdokimov said he believed the plane burst into flames on landing, most likely because of full fuel tanks.

Russia's investigative committee has opened a criminal inquiry into safety violations leading to the death of two or more people, a common step after mass casualty events in Russian Federation.

The plane took off but stopped its climb at about a 1000ft when the pilot's declared loss of radio communication first, and later emergency via transponder codes.

The aircraft had to return to a Moscow airport after it caught fire.

Another eyewitness, Patrick Horlacher, said it was "shocking to see" the plane being ravaged by flames just minutes before he was due to board another flight.

Tributes are placed on Monday, May 6, 2019, next to the sign of the last flight of the Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines, after it made an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo airport, outside Moscow. Some of the survivors could be seen on video jumping down an air-filled slide from the front of the plane.

He has also said the investigation "should be as thorough as possible", the Kremlin added.

"I do not know what to say about people who ran out with bags", Mr Savchenko said in a translated post on Facebook.

President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev expressed their condolences and ordered investigators to establish what had happened.

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