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At least 41 dead after Russian jet catches fire

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft (Moscow News Agency/AP)
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft (Moscow News Agency/AP)

By Jim Heintz

At least 41 people, including two children, have died after a large fire broke out on a Russian plane, officials have said.

The committee said at least six people had been injured.

The Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet made an emergency landing at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport yesterday. An airport spokesperson said the jet turned back for unspecified technical reasons and made a hard landing which started the fire.

Dramatic footage on social media showed the plane landing in Moscow, as smoke and fire surrounded part of the plane.

A YouTube video from Russia's Investigative Committee also showed passengers fleeing from the burning plane after it landed.

TASS said the blaze may have been caused by a lightning strike, according to a source who had talked to the crew.

An Aeroflot spokesperson said that passengers left the craft on an emergency inflatable slide.

Aeroflot is Russia's national carrier.

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