Russian plane bursts into flames, kills 41 people while making emergency landing

Russian plane bursts into flames, kills 41 people while making emergency landing

At least 41 people have been confirmed dead after a Russian passenger jet crash-landed at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow on Sunday, May 5.

Reports reaching indicate the ill-fated jet was carrying a total of 78 people, out of whom 40 passengers and one crew member died.

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Russian media and other international news outlets on Monday morning reported 33 passengers and four crew members survived the tragic emergency landing.

According to Russia's flag carrier, the aircraft, a Sukhoi Superjet-100, took off from Sheremetyevo airport at around 3pm local time and was headed to Murmansk, a city in northwestern Russia.

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The crew sent a distress signal shortly after the departure and the aircraft was immediately forced to return to the airport for technical reasons.

Moments after making an emergency landing, the plane's engines burst into flames on the runway with 78 people still on board.

In desperate efforts to save lives, Aeroflot stated passengers were evacuated in 55 seconds, unfortunately lives were lost.

Out of the 37 survivors, five were admitted in hospital.

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The tragic crash comes barely three days after another plane, a Boeing 737, carrying at least 136 passengers and seven crew members skid into St Johns River near Jacksonville, Florida, in the United States.

Although no fatalities were reported, some 21 people reportedly suffered injuries and were rushed to hospital for treatment while others were attended to at the scene.

The Russian and US aircraft accidents in May 2019 rekindled memories of the infamous Ethiopian Airlines' plane crash which claimed lives of 157 people in total, 149 passengers and eight crew members.

Ethiopian's B-737-800MAX, registration number ET-AVJ, took off at 8.38am local time from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, en-route to Nairobi, Kenya, and lost contact at 8.44am, about six minutes after takeoff.

Kenya was the hardest hit by the tragedy as it lost 36 of its citizens in the Ethiopian plane crash, four of whom were traveling on passports of other nationalities..

Besides the 32 Kenyan victims, a total of 18 Canadians, six Egyptians, nine Ethiopians, seven French, eight Americans and seven Britons among other nationalities also died in the accident. The tragedy prompted several countries across the world to ban Boeing 737 Max 8 jets from flying in their airspaces with the latest being the United States.


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