At least 40 people were killed Sunday after a Russian airliner made a hard emergency landing and caught fire at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport.
The victims included one member of the crew. Only 37 others had survived. Aeroflot flight SU1492, a Sukhoi SSJ-100 regional jet, had taken off for the northern city of Murmansk. It was forced to turn around due to technical problems. The pilots landed on their second attempt. The plane bounced several times during the landing. Social media videos show the plane engulfed in flames after it landed. Fire crews sprayed the plane from trucks.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 the tarmac and adjoining grass. It's unclear what caused the fire.
53 flights were delayed and one canceled. The plane's manufacturer, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft, said the plane in Sunday's accident had received maintenance at the beginning of April. Safety concerns with the Sukhoi Superjet, Russia’s first newly designed post-Soviet passenger plane, emerged soon after its introduction in 2008. Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered his condolences over the deadly plane fire incident at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport and ordered to investigate its causes.