Russian Federation keeps Sukhoi planes flying after crash despite fears equipment failed

Moscow airport fire

Brooks was the only American killed in the plane fire, according to a representative for the United States embassy in Russian Federation, as confirmed to the Moscow Times.

A heroic flight attendant on the plane that burst into flames during a dramatic emergency landing in Moscow grabbed passengers "by the collar" and pushed them out of the aircraft to safety, according to a new report.

The Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement on its website: "There were 78 people on board, including crew members".

"According to updated information, 37 out of them survived", it added.

Pilot Denis Yevdokimov told Russian media the aircraft lost communication and needed to switch to emergency control mode "because of lightning" on the Aeroflot flight to the Arctic city of Murmansk.

Fire engulfed the plane's tail section during an emergency landing at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport after the aircraft struck the runway several times, igniting its fuel reserves.

AV said that Russian News Agencies claim the aircraft received a lightning strike causing a total electrical failure and subsequent return and a hard landing. And at first, I couldn't believe it, ' Armendariz said.

Witness Alyona Osokina said she was inside the terminal when she suddenly saw a plane on fire rushing along the runway.

"Flight Su-1492 took off on schedule at 6.02pm (15H02 GMT)", said a statement from the airport.

There were initial reports suggesting that the plane was hit by lightning but Aeroflot said technical issues forced the landing, BBC News reported.

Video on social media showed the plane crash-landing and people leaping onto an inflatable slide at the front and then running from the blazing jet as columns of black smoke billowed into the sky.

The aircraft landed with full fuel tanks because the crew lost contact with air traffic controllers and decided it was too risky to dump fuel over Moscow, Russian news agency Interfax said. A Defense Ministry plane heading for a Russian air base in Syria in 2016 plunged into the Black Sea, killing all 92 people on board, including most of the country's Red Army Choir.

Russia's main investigative body said both of the plane's flight recorders - data and voice - have been recovered from the charred wreckage.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft after the fire.

Authorities in Murmansk have declared three days of mourning over the loss of life.

In 2012, a Sukhoi Superjet 100 was the subject of another high-profile air incident as one crashed into a mountain in Indonesia during a sales demonstration flight.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was informed of the emergency and ordered a "thorough investigation", Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told TASS.

Russian jet crashes have not been limited to commercial carriers.

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