MOSCOW – An Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B (registration: RA-89098) has crashed in flames during landing today at Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO), north of Moscow. 41 people onboard were killed in the accident.
Aeroflot Flight 1492 was a domestic flight from Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow to Murmansk Airport in Murmansk, Russia.
Just after take off at 6:04 PM Local Time (3:04 PM UTC), Flight 1492 reported an onboard fire in one of the engines and requested to return to Sheremetyevo Airport. It stopped climbing and turned back. It crash-landed 30 minutes after take off and was subsequently burnt out. The aircraft was reported to have veered off the runway.
At first all of the 73 passengers and 6 crew members were reported to have evacuated the aircraft safely. Unfortunately the authorities confirmed later that 41 people died in the crash. 38 people survived the tragic accident in Moscow. More then 10 people were injured, 6 people were reported to have been taken to hospital.
Sources reported that the evacuation of the burning plane was delayed by passengers getting their hand luggage from overhead bins.
The Interstate Aviation Committee is responsible for investigating civil aviation accidents in Russia and is investigating the incident.
The crashed Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B flew for the 1st time in June 2017. The aircraft was delivered to Aeroflot on 27 September 2017.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 or SSJ100 is a regional jet designed by Sukhoi, a division of the United Aircraft Corporation. Its development started in 2000. It made its maiden flight on May 19, 2008 and its 1st commercial flight on April 21, 2011 with Armavia, a former airline from Armania.
The 46–49 t (101,000–108,000 lb) plane typically seats 87 to 98 passengers and is powered by two 77 to 79 kN (17,000 to 18,000 lbf) PowerJet SaM146 turbofans, developed by a joint venture between French Safran and Russian NPO Saturn. By May 2018, a total of 301 Superjets were ordered and 147 were delivered to airlines worldwide. Aeroflot has 49 Superjets in service.
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