Russian flight Sukhoi Superjet 100 exploded at Sheremetyevo airport in a tragedy which claimed the lives of 41 passengers, with a new video detailing the horror ordeal. The Aeroflot plane was engulfed in a fireball and made an emergency landing after the blaze on board soon after takeoff from Moscow to the Arctic city of Murmansk. Flames were seen flaring from the rear of the Russian-built aircraft with a reported 78 on board. The new scenes show the moment the fire ignited on May 5.
It tracks the aircraft’s bouncing landing back onto the runway before a steam of smoke can be spotted coming from the rear.
The craft then proceeded to burst into flames as it stood motionless in the runway.
Heart-wrenching scenes then show a host of passengers sprinting from the flames to safety.
The crash landing was on the aircraft’s second approach for an emergency landing.
An inquest is currently ongoing to determine which pilot landed the plane in the midst of the incident.
At the time, passengers took to Twitter to document their turmoil.
One passenger called mikkentosh posted on Twitter: “Guys I am all right, I am alive and in one piece.
“I managed to jump out. This was the 17.50 Moscow to Murmansk flight, see the rest in the news….”
The plane is less than two years old.
Its first flight was reported to be in June 2017.
Although it has not been confirmed what caused the pilot to take an emergency landing, there have been reports that the Sukhoi Superjet 100 was struck by lightning.
Speaking after the horrible event, flight attendant, Tatyana Kasatkina revealed that she was forced to kick passengers off the plane.
She said: “People started getting out of their seats and making for the exit while the jet was still travelling at high speed.
“They were phoning relatives, screaming that the plane was burning and falling.
When the plane stopped, the evacuation immediately began.
“Everyone was shouting that we were on fire.
“I kicked the door out with my leg and pushed out the passengers so as not to slow the evacuation.
“Just to hurry them up, I grabbed them by the collar.”
Published at Thu, 16 May 2019 11:28:00 +0000