A Russian plane, Sukhoi Superjet-100, which started off from Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, made an emergency landing. However, it burst into flames, claiming 41 lives on board. A dramatic video on the same that shows passengers using emergency exit slides to escape the burning Aeroflot aircraft is viral now.
The statement by survivors was that the plane was struck by lightning, but Russia's national carrier said it returned to the airport for technical reasons. Among 41 deceased people, there were 2 children. The jet has a total of 73 passengers and five crew members.
In the beginning, it is reported that the plane had landed on fire, but sources later quoted that the jet caught fire after a very bumpy landing. In reality, the plane landed with full fuel tanks because the crew lost contact with air traffic controllers. The emergency landing was made as it was too dangerous to dump fuel over Moscow, Interfax added.
"There are 37 survivors - 33 passengers and four members of the crew," said Yelena Markovskaya, an official involved in the investigation of the crash. Moreover, a flight attendant was also reportedly killed in the incident.
Currently, 5 people are in the hospital undergoing the treatment and survivors call the incident a "miracle". Coming into details, the crew sent a distress signal when "malfunctions" occurred in bad weather shortly after take-off. After landing off, the plane's engines caught fire on the runway and the crew said that they did everything to save the passengers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed condolences to the families of victims and the region of Murmansk has announced a three-day mourning period.