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Aeroflot crash update: 41 now dead, was the Superjet 100 hit by lightning?

Some surviving passengers from Aeroflot flight SU1492 are now reporting the Superjet 100 was hit by lightning and was on fire when it landed. However video of the aircraft initially landing do not visibly indicate any fire on board. The video shows the aircraft making a hard landing and bouncing up in the air before its crash landed. The airline stated the airliner returned to Moscow (Sheremetyevo) for “technical reasons”.

One question remains: Why was the fire equipment not standing by the runway?

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Update from Reuters:

Forty-one people on board a Russian Aeroflot passenger plane were killed on Sunday, including two children, after the aircraft caught fire as it made a bumpy emergency landing at a Moscow airport, Russian investigators said.

Television footage showed the Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash bouncing along the tarmac at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport before the rear part of the plane suddenly burst into flames.

Many passengers on board SU 1492 then escaped via the plane’s emergency slides that inflated after the hard landing.

The plane, which had been flying from Moscow to the northern Russian city of Murmansk, had been carrying 73 passengers and five crew members, Russia’s aviation watchdog said.

Svetlana Petrenko, a spokeswoman for Russia’s Investigative Committee, said in a statement that only 37 out of 78 people on board had survived, meaning 41 people had lost their lives.

No official cause has been given for the disaster.

The Investigative Committee said it had opened an investigation and was looking into whether the pilots had breached air safety rules.

Some passengers blamed bad weather and lightning.

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

“The plane turned back and there was a hard landing. We were so scared, we almost lost consciousness. The plane jumped down the landing strip like a grasshopper and then caught fire on the ground.”

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

The Interfax news agency cited an unnamed “informed source” as saying the evacuation of the plane had been delayed by some passengers insisting on collecting their hand luggage first.

Russian news agencies reported that injured passengers were being treated in hospitals.

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Aeroflot Superjet 100 RA-89098 burst into flames at Moscow Sheremetyevo on landing, 13 dead

From Reuters:

At least 13 people on board a Russian Aeroflot passenger plane were killed on Sunday when the plane caught fire mid-air and made an emergency landing at a Moscow airport on Sunday, Russian news agencies reported.

Television footage showed the Sukhoi Superjet-100 making an emergency landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport with much of the rear part of the plane engulfed in flames.

Many passengers then escaped via the plane’s emergency slides that inflated after the hard landing.

Medical workers told the TASS news agency at least 13 people had been killed and that others remained unaccounted for.

Russian news agencies said the plane, which had been flying from Moscow to the northern Russian city of Murmansk before turning back, had been carrying 78 passengers. It was unclear how many crew had been on board.

Russian investigators said they had opened an investigation and were looking into whether the pilots had breached air safety rules.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

The Interfax news agency reported that a rescue team was combing through the charred wreckage of the rear of the plane looking for survivors.

The Flightradar24 tracking service showed that the plane had circled twice over Moscow before making an emergency landing after about 45 minutes.

From CNN: Breaking News

At least 13 people are dead after a fire broke out aboard an Aeroflot flight in Russia Sunday, Russian state news agency TASS said.

The Russian Superjet 100 (RA-89098) was flying from Moscow to Murmansk when a fire broke out on board. Aeroflot flight SU1492 returned to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, making a hard landing, news agency Interfax reported.

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Aeroflot issued this statement (translated from Russian):

Aeroflot confirms the information about the fire in the engines of the flight SU1492 Moscow-Murmansk after landing at Sheremetyevo, which was forced to return to the airport for technical reasons.

There are victims, the number is being specified, emergency medical care is provided to all those in need. Passengers left the aircraft on emergency chutes.

At present, a commission has been established to investigate the causes and circumstances of the incident. The Aeroflot crisis headquarters was quickly activated.

Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport issued this statement (translated from Russian):

Today, May 5, 2019, at 18.32 MSK, an aviation accident took place with the passenger aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines at Sheremetyevo Airport.

Flight SU1492 took off in 18.02 MSK on the route Moscow-Murmansk. After takeoff, the crew reported a malfunction and decided to return to the airport. There were 73 passengers and 5 crew members on board. At 18.30 MSK, the passenger aircraft made a “hard” landing on the runway, after which the fire occurred.

At 18.32 MSK, emergency rescue brigade, medical crews for emergency evacuation and assistance to passengers and crew members immediately arrived at the scene.

The airport established an operational headquarters for the management of the crisis situation.

The necessary medical and psychological assistance was immediately provided to all victims.

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