Burning passenger plane makes emergency landing at Moscow airport

Burning passenger plane makes emergency landing at Moscow airport

Burning passenger plane makes emergency landing at Moscow airport

It was "engulfed in flames" before the emergency landing, Tass quoted a source as saying.

Casualty numbers are expected to rise, as the plane was carrying 78 passengers.

Another 11 people were injured, said Dmitry Matveyev, the Moscow region's health minister.

A law enforcement source told the Interfax news agency that the plane gave a distress signal after departure, then tried to make an emergency landing. The plane apparently did not have time to jettison fuel before the emergency landing, news reports said.

Russia's Ministry of Health said seven people were also injured as a result of the incident, Russian state news agency TASS reported.

Videos showed the plane skidding along the runway with its nose angled upward, the engines scraping the ground and flames streaking out behind.

The wreckage of the plane covered in firefighting foam at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport.

A passenger called mikkentosh posted on social media: "Guys I am all right, I am alive and in one piece".

"I managed to jump out".

Forty one people are feared dead after a fire broke out aboard a passenger jet in Russian Federation, officials say.

"This was the 17.50 Moscow to Murmansk flight, see the rest in the news...."

'Definitely not everyone managed to escape, huge condolences to families and friends'.

The Sukhoi SSJ-100 regional jet was only two years old, Aeroflot said.

Its first flight was reported to be in June 2017. It said initial findings suggested an electrical fault might have caused the blaze. The plane was bound for Murmansk before it returned to Sheremetyevo to crash land.

The plane had registration number RA-89098.

Data from tracking website Flightradar24 indicates the emergency happened around 30 minutes after take-off.

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