Russian plane bursts into flames following emergency landing

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A Russian passenger jet Aeroflot Flight 1492 on Sunday 05th May 2019, made an emergency landing at a Moscow airport catching fire immediately which killed forty-one people.

According to a Russian law enforcement agency, the Investigative Commit out of the seventy eight people who were on the plane, forty passengers and one crew member lost their lives.

Aeroflot Flight 1492 took off from Moscow bound for Murmansk, a port city in northern Russia. But immediately after takeoff, the pilots radioed a distress call, Interfax reported, and the plane, a Sukhoi SSJ-100, circled back for an emergency landing.

The cockpit crew stopped responding by radio after reporting the emergency, Interfax reported Videos showed passengers who had escaped the aircraft on exit slides running away from the burning plane on the tarmac as travelers inside the Sheremetyevo airport looked on.

“We were witnesses to this horror,” one woman, Alena Osokina, told Russia’s television station.

The plane caught fire after landing. Video showed that the aircraft was not burning on its final approach. It bounced on touchdown and caught fire as it struck the runway a second time.

Then the plane skidded along the runway with its nose angled upward, the engines scraping the ground and flames streaking out behind.

Later, flames could be seen spreading on the pavement, suggesting that fuel was leaking and burning. Fire crews sprayed the plane from trucks.

According to the pilot, the emergency landing of the plane was caused by heavy lightening amidst bad weather.

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