WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE
Footage has emerged from inside the Russian passenger jet that bounced and burst into flames while making an emergency landing, killing up to 41 people.
The short burst of video from the Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane shows flames outside a window, bathing the jet’s interior in an orange glow, as it hurtled along the runway.
The plane was on its way from Moscow to the northern Russian city of Murmansk when it turned back due to unspecified “technical reasons”, according to a statement from the airline.
“There were 78 people on board, including crew members,” the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement on its website on Monday (Australian time).
“According to updated information, 37 of them survived.”
Other footage shows the plane landing and then bouncing and making a harder second landing. That is the point at which its undercarriage collapsed and the airliner caught fire.
Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport said the plane burst into flames when it was forced to make a “hard landing”.
Investigators earlier said 13 people had been killed in the plane crash.
Among the confirmed deaths were two children, The Associated Press reported, citing investigators.
Television footage showed a plane landing with its tail ablaze. On the ground, black smoke billowed from the plane.
BREAKING: Aeroflot #SU1492 Moscow Sheremetyevo to Murmansk (Sukhoi SuperJet SSJ100 RA-89098) declared an emergency & returned to SVO on fire at 1530UTC. Passengers seen evacuating. Extent of casualties not yet known. More soon…
— Airport Webcams (@AirportWebcams) May 5, 2019
Many passengers evacuated the grounded plane on inflatable slides, which were automatically deployed after the hard landing.
Agencies reported various figures on the number of injured, from five to more than 10.
Six people were hospitalised, according to Russia’s Emergencies Ministry.
UPDATE: Aeroflot #SU1492 footage shows the Sukhoi Superjet bounced on initial touchdown followed by an even harder 2nd ground contact during which the undercarriage collapsed and a fire broke out. There is no visible fire before that point. pic.twitter.com/eIaqmJk8uC
— JACDEC (@JacdecNew) May 5, 2019
Interfax news agency reported the tail was completely burned and said a rescue team was trying to find survivors in that part of the plane.
The airport reportedly received a distress signal from the crew shortly after take-off but the flight failed to make an emergency landing. It was able to land on its second attempt.
The Flightradar24 tracking service showed the plane made two circles around Moscow and landed after about 45 minutes.
Flight #SU1492 took off from Sheremetyevo Airport at 15:03 UTC time (18:03 local time).
15:11 squawk changed to 7600 (radio failure)
15:25 squawk changed to 7700 (emergency)
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) May 5, 2019
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a “thorough investigation,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told TASS.
“All instructions have been given to conduct the most thorough investigation, [to carry out] the necessary orders to find out the cause of this accident,” said Mr Peskov, was quoted as saying.
The incident caused at least 53 flights to be delayed and one cancelled, Interfax reported.
Airport officials told the news agency that the airport was operating “in a limited mode with one runway”.
The airline said a criminal investigation had been launched to determine whether the pilots breached air safety rules.
Passenger Kristian Kostov, a former Bulgarian Eurovision contestant, witnessed the fire from inside another plane at the airport.
“A lot of passengers just started screaming … There was an airplane crash right in front of us right now. We are literally shaking,” Mr Kostov tweeted.