41 people died in plane fire at Sheremetyevo - [color=red]LIST[/color] - [color=red]UPDATED - 3[/color]
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  • 02:49 06 May 2019

41 people died in plane fire at Sheremetyevo - LIST - UPDATED - 3

Forty-one people died in the Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane crash at Sheremetyevo Airport, Yelena Markovskaya, spokesperson for the Moscow interregional transport investigation department of the Russian Investigative Committee, ONA reports citing TASS.

"Forty-one people died," she said. In total 78 people were onboard, 37 of them survived, including four crew members.

According to Markovskaya, 28 passengers are now in the airport terminal, five have been taken to hospital.

In place of emergency, investigators of the Russian Investigative Committee are working at the scene of the accident.

"At the moment, a state commission on investigation of the emergency situation, headed by the Transport Minister of the Russian Federation (Evgeny Dietrich - TASS), is working at Sheremetyevo Airport," Markovskaya said.

She added that a center on providing psychological assistance to the relatives of the passengers on the flight has been deployed at the airport.

"Psychologists and investigators are working with the surviving passengers. Medical assistance was immediately provided to all the victims," Markovskaya said.

She also stressed that all the services of the Sheremetyevo airport acted quickly and promptly fighting the plane fire.

Aeroflot’s Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger plane (flight SU-1492) with 73 passengers and five crewmembers onboard that was bound for Murmansk caught fire after emergency landing at Sheremetyevo shortly after the takeoff on Sunday.

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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, ONA reports citing TASS.

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.

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The Russian Investigative Committee confirmed on Sunday that at least 13 people, including two children, have died in a fire that broke out on board an Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft shortly after taking off from Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, ONA reports citing Sputnik.

Moscow-Murmansk Flight SU1492 carrying 78 people on board returned to the airport.

A commission has been created to investigate the causes and circumstances of the incident, while Aeroflot’s crisis headquarters has been promptly convened, the statement read.

Faig Mahmudov

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