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Sukhoi Passenger Jet Fire: At Least 41 Dead, Investigators Say
By Staff, Agencies
At least 41 people have lost their lives 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" 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, heading 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 was seen bouncing off the runway and hitting it with full force, as the engines burst into flames.
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