Only ‘37 out of 78 survived’ Superjet-100 crash-landing & fire – investigators

Sunday - 05/05/2019 21:54
© Reuters / Russia's Investigative Committee
© Reuters / Russia's Investigative Committee
At least 41 people have died after a Sukhoi Superjet 100 en route from Moscow to Murmansk crash-landed shortly after takeoff, authorities confirmed.

Seventy three passengers and five crew members were on board the plane when it made the emergency landing on Sunday afternoon at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, Russian Investigative Committee spokeswoman Elena Markovskaya told the journalist, saying that "41 people" have died.

At least six of the 37 people rescued were rushed to a hospital. Three are now in intensive care after suffering burns and smoke inhalation injuries, health minister Veronika Skvortsova said, in a brief press statement.

The Aeroflot flight SU 1492, en route from Moscow to the Russian northern city of Murmansk, had to turn back to Sheremetyevo after reporting an emergency on board less than half an hour after takeoff.

Leaked CCTV footage appears to show the Sukhoi Superjet-100 aircraft attempting to land. The plane is seen bouncing off the runway and hitting it with full force, as the engines burst into flames.

The fire engulfed the aircraft’s tail within moments. 78 people were on board the aircraft, including 73 passengers and five crew members. Now the investigators say an “updated” toll shows only 37 of those on board have survived.

Earlier, the Russian Investigative Committee confirmed the deaths of 13 people, including two children. The Russian health ministry also said that seven people suffered injuries in the crash. Three of them were hospitalized.

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