Moscow plane crashes killing 41

The plane caught fire during a hard landing at the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow. In total, the plane was carrying 78 people, only 37 people survived, the Investigative Committee of Russia reports.

The passenger plane Superjet 100-95 flew out to Murmansk, but shortly after takeoff, the plane requested an emergency landing and returned to the airport.

Some sources report that the fire started after the unsuccessful first attempt at landing. As Belsat learned from the eyewitnesses, when the plane was landing for the first time, there was no smoke. But the second attempt led to the plane hitting the runway and catching fire.

RIA Novosti, citing its sources, reports that the cause of a fire was a malfunction in the electrical system of the aircraft.

There were 73 passengers and 5 crew members on board the plane. People were evacuated using inflatable ramps.

The crew of the Superjet told reporters that lightning hit the plane, TASS writes.

The Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case under the third part of Article 263 of the Criminal Code — a violation of the rules of traffic safety and operation of air transport, resulting in the death of two or more people.

Emergency Ministry of Russia opened a hotline: 8 800 775 17 17.

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