Plane Lands in Moscow Covered in Flames; 41 Deaths Reported

MOSCOW (AP/Hamodia) —
Smoke from a plane on fire at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Sunday, May 5, 2019. (Mikhail Norenko/Twitter via AP)

An airplane belonging to flagship Russian carrier Aeroflot landed in Moscow covered in flames and with smoke billowing from the rear Sunday, and officials said 41 people died and at least six were injured.

Harrowing video aired by Russian news channel Rossiya-24 showed passengers leaping from the front of the burning aircraft onto an inflatable slide and staggering across tarmac and grass after the emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport.

The plane, a Sukhoi SSJ-100 regional jet, had taken off for the northern city of Murmansk but returned when a fire broke out, Russian news agencies cited sources as saying. There reportedly were 78 people aboard.

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