At least 41 killed as burning Aeroflot plane makes emergency landing in Moscow

At least 41 people have died after a fire on board a Russian passenger plane forced it to make an emergency landing in Moscow, according to local news agencies.

Officials said a criminal investigation had been launched into the incident.

Video on Russian news channel Rossiya-24 showed the plane, a Sukhoi SSJ-100 regional jet, landing on Sunday evening with large flames engulfing the rear section.

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This image taken from video provided by Instagram user @artempetrovich, shows the SSJ-100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines on fire during an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (@artempetrovich via AP)
A passenger plane is seen on fire after an emergency landing at the Sheremetyevo Airport outside Moscow, Russia May 5, 2019. REUTERS/Nadezhda Polomoshnova NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES
A Sukhoi passenger plane is engulfed in flames after it made an emergency landing due to an onboard fire at Sheremetyevo International Airport, outside Moscow, Russia May 5, 2019. Mikhail Norenko via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT
TASS news agency, citing a source, said at least one person was killed
Smoke billows from a Sukhoi passenger plane after it made an emergency landing due to an onboard fire at Sheremetyevo International Airport, outside Moscow, Russia May 5, 2019. Twitter @Justin Goslin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT
Video on Russian news channel Rossiya-24 showed the plane, a Sukhoi SSJ-100 regional jet, landing with large flames engulfing the rear section.
Smoke from a plane on fire at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport (Mikhail Norenko/Twitter via AP)
According to Moscow Times, at least six people have been injured in the incident.
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Russian news agencies cited unspecified sources as saying the plane had taken off for the northern city of Murmansk, but a fire broke out while it was in the air and it returned to Sheremetyevo.

The reports say there were 78 people aboard the plane.

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