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5 May, 2019 15:52

At least 1 killed, 4 injured as Superjet-100 crash-lands, catches fire at major Moscow airport

Panicked passengers rushed to evacuate a burning Aeroflot plane at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport after the Sukhoi Superjet-100 made a fiery crash-landing at a second attempt. At least one person was killed and four injured.

UPDATE: 13 people, including 2 children, confirmed dead in Superjet-100 crash-landing in Moscow

Footage shared on Twitter appeared to show a dense cloud of black smoke pouring out of flight SU1492 parked on the runway as dozens of ambulances were dispatched to the scene. All 78 passengers were evacuated from the burning wreck, and some 10 people have been reported injured.

READ MORE: ‘Hell in Sheremetyevo’: Witnesses describe fire that DESTROYED Russian Superjet-100

Aeroflot Flight SU1492 declared an emergency shortly after takeoff from Sheremetyevo and returned to the airport after 27 minutes in the air. The commuter aircraft was due to fly to Murmansk before the fire forced it to return to Moscow and crash-land.

After the fire was extinguished, the extent of the damage was revealed. The tail had been completely consumed by the blaze, and much of the rear fuselage had been burned down to its metal skeleton. The aircraft involved was relatively new, with reports saying it was made either in 2017 or 2018.

A criminal investigation has been opened into the incident.

Also on rt.com 13 people, including 2 children, confirmed dead in Superjet-100 crash-landing in Moscow

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