Forty-One Killed As Aeroflot Plane Bursts Into Flames On Landing

Moscow airport fire

After making an emergency landing at the airport, the plane's engines caught fire on the runway, Aeroflot said in a statement.

Plucky Tatyana Kasatkina grabbed passengers by their collars and flung them out onto the tarmac as flames consumed the doomed jet.

A flight attendant on the Aeroflot flight that killed 41 people after bursting into flames at a Moscow airport has spoken about the horrific experience, and having to push passengers out of the aircraft.

While numerous 78 passengers and five crew managed to escape, an unconfirmed number of people are still unaccounted for.

The aircraft, a Sukhoi Superjet-100, departed Sheremetyevo airport at 18:02 local time for the city of Murmansk. It has been involved in one other fatal accident involving a 2012 demonstration flight that hit a mountain in Indonesia and killed all 45 people on board.

Flight SU-1492 departed Sheremetyevo airport on the afternoon of May 5 for a 2.5-hour flight to Murmansk.

But the crew reportedly did not dump any fuel to lighten the plane - a procedure which is common for flights that have to land soon after take-off.

Russian news reports have stated the plane was serviced as recently as last month.

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered his condolences and said the investigation into the disaster "should be as thorough as possible".

Aside from the dead, nine people were in hospital, three seriously injured, authorities said. Russian news reports, citing unnamed sources, said the Moiseev was in the back part of the plane, which was engulfed in flames and tried unsuccessfully to deploy an evacuation slide.

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Landing hard and fast, the plane smashed into the runway, exploding into an intense fireball.

It was not immediately clear what caused the engine to catch fire.

She said: '"It was all so quick".

The Aeroflot airline once had a "troubled post-Soviet safety record", according to Reuters, but has shaken it off and now has one of the world's "most modern fleets" of Boeing and Airbus planes on global routes.

There were 78 people on board the plan, according to the Investigative Committee.

Russia's main investigative body said both of the plane's flight recorders - data and voice - have been recovered. But the Emergencies Ministry said six people had been hospitalized.

Russian Federation sees no reason to ground its domestically produced Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft despite one of the planes bursting into flames during a crash-landing and killing 41 people, the country's transport minister said on Monday.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has also ordered a special committee to investigate the disaster, Ria Novosti agency reported.

The Murmansk region - where numerous casualties are believed to be from - will go into a three-day period of mourning beginning Monday.

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