One dead and four injured after fire breaks out on Russian plane

Passenger plane with fire on board lands at Moscow airport

Russia's Ministry of Health said seven people were also injured as a result of the incident, Russian state news agency TASS reported.

Large flames engulfed the tail section of the Sukhoi Superjet plane as it made an emergency landing at the airport about 30 minutes after takeoff after at least one aborted attempt.

Russia's Investigative Committee said two children were among the dead but did not immediately provide further details. Video on Russian television shows fire bursting from the plane's underside as it landed. Passengers evacuated using the aircraft's emergency slides.

The Aeroflot plane made an emergency landing following a fire aboard soon after take-off from Russia's capital to the Arctic city of Murmansk.

A Russian passenger plane has made an emergency landing at Moscow Airport after a fire broke out mid-flight this morning.

The Investigative Committee said it had opened an investigation and was looking into whether the pilots had breached air safety rules.

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As seen in shocking video footage, the plane touched down hard and skidded along the runway, trailing a massive fireball and spewing out plumes of black smoke. "A number of passengers are missing", an official was quoted by the news agency as saying.

Aeroflot writes on its portal that the plane had to return to Sheremetyevo due to technical reasons and suffered an engine fire upon landing.

"We took off and then lightning struck the plane", the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily cited one surviving passenger, Pyotr Egorov, as saying. The plane apparently did not have time to jettison fuel before the emergency landing, news reports said.

"After some time, the plane requested an emergency landing and caught fire during the landing", a source told TASS, according to CrimeinRussia.

The reports say there were 78 people aboard the plane.

Kristian Kostov, a former Bulgarian Eurovision contestant, wrote that he witnessed the fire, according to the BBC.

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