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Plane lands in Moscow covered in flames; 41 dead, several injured

Posted at 2:13 PM, May 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-05 22:32:28-04

MOSCOW — An airplane belonging to flagship Russian carrier Aeroflot landed in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport covered in flames and with smoke billowing from the rear Sunday, and officials said at least 41 people have died

Harrowing video aired by Russian news channel Rossiya-24 showed passengers leaping from the front of the burning aircraft onto an inflatable slide and staggering across tarmac and grass after the emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport.

Aeroflot said the plane had been forced to turn back after takeoff due to technical problems

Aeroflot said in a brief statement Sunday the engines of the Sukhoi SSJ100 were burning after the aircraft landed, but the sequence of events before and after the fire started was not clear. There reportedly were 78 people aboard.

Russia's Investigative Committee said one person was confirmed dead and four injured. The Emergencies Ministry said six people had been hospitalized.

The Aeroflot statement did not specify what caused the plane to return to Sheremetyevo Airport.