Shocking moment plane is engulfed in flames after exploding upon landing
A shocking video shot by a passenger inside a doomed plane captured the moment the aircraft was engulfed in flames.
At least 41 people died this evening in the fire at Moscows Sheremetyevo Airport, a spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee said.
The Sukhoi SSJ100 operated by national airline Aeroflot had 73 passengers and five crew members on board when it touched down and sped across a runway with flames and black smoke coming off its body.
Video footage from inside the plane captured the moment passengers screamed and fled as a fire in the engine spread to the back of the aircraft.
Metro.co.uk has chosen not to publish the video.
Other videos filmed at the scene show desperate passengers leaping out of the plane onto an inflatable evacuation slide and staggering across the airports tarmac and grass, some holding luggage.
Two children were among the passengers who died, the Investigative Committee said. At least six people were reported injured.
The airport said in a statement that the plane, which had taken off from Sheremetyevo Airport for the northern city of Murmansk, turned back for unspecified technical reasons and made a hard landing that started the fire.
Some news reports cited sources as saying the plane bounced several times during the landing.
Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko said: Investigators soon will begin interviewing victims, eyewitnesses, airport staff and the airline carrier, as well as other persons responsible for the operation of the aircraft.