Update: A spokeswoman for Russia’s Investigative Committee, said at a briefing early Monday that 41 people died in the accident Sunday evening and 37 people survived.
The fire aboard the Sukhoi SSJ100 regional jet flown by Russia’s flagship carrier Aeroflot broke out after the plane made a hard emergency landing. Video on Russian television shows fire bursting from the plane’s underside as it landed.
The plane had taken off from the airport bound for Murmansk, but turned back after encountering unspecified problems in the air.
Earlier reports of Bachurim on the plane turned out to be inaccurate, they were on a nearby plane on the runway.
See video below.
A Russian Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet plane made an emergency landing in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Monday due to fire on board, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported, citing a source.
Videos show passengers using emergency exit slides to escape the aircraft.
Other footage shows the plane landing while on fire and black smoke billowing from it on the tarmac.
Initial reports suggest all passengers on-board were evacuated, but several were injured.