13 dead as burning plane lands in Moscow

Passenger plane with fire on board lands at Moscow airport

Russian authorities said late on Sunday that 41 people died when a Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash-landed at Moscow Sheremetyevo airport.

Later it was reported that all 78 had evacuated with six injured in hospital. The fate of a number of passengers remains unclear as emergency teams are still working at the scene. The plane apparently did not have time to jettison fuel before the emergency landing, news reports said.

A criminal case was opened after the incident on charges of violation of safety rules entailing the death of two or more people. It was not clear whether the plane caught fire in the air or while landing.

According to Russian news agencies, the plane had taken off for the northern city of Murmansk, but a fire broke out while the flight was airborne.

The Interfax news agency cited an unnamed "informed source" as saying the evacuation of the plane had been delayed by some passengers insisting on collecting their hand luggage first.

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This image taken from video and provided on the Twitter feed of Mikhail Norenko shows smoke from a plane on fire at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport on Sunday.

Video captured passengers leaping from the plane onto an inflatable slide from the front of the aircraft and staggering across the tarmac.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been informed of the fiery emergency landing of the Aeroflot jet in Moscow and has ordered a "thorough investigation", Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told TASS. The pilots radioed a distress call immediately after takeoff, Interfax reported, and the plane circled back for an emergency landing.

The stricken plane was clearly visible from the main terminals at the airport in the north of Moscow.

A passenger called mikkentosh posted on social media: "Guys I am all right, I am alive and in one piece". It said initial findings suggested an electrical fault might have caused the blaze.

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