41 killed after Russian plane crash-lands in Moscow

Forty-one people on board were killed on Sunday after Russian Aeroflot passenger plane caught fire as it made an emergency landing at a Moscow airport.

The Russian made Sukhoi Superjet 100 carrying 78 people crash bouncing along the tarmac at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport before the rear part of the plane suddenly burst into flames.

Many passengers on board escaped through the plane’s emergency slides that inflated after the hard landing.

According to the Russian Investigative Committee, 41 people died, including one crew member and only 37 survived.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in the tragedy at Sheremetyevo airport.

The aircraft took off from Sheremetyevo on schedule time at 6:02 pm and turned around minutes later. Footage showed the plane bouncing along the runway as it landed.

Sources said that the plane had to return to the airport due to “technical reason” and that its engines caught fire as it touched down.

The Investigative Committee said it had opened an investigation into the matter.

Several flights at Sheremetyevo were delayed because of the incident.