Russia not grounding Sukhoi jets after Moscow fatal crash landing

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Russia has said it has no plans to ground its fleet of Sukhoi Superjet 100s after one of the planes burst into flames on landing.

Some 41 people were killed when the fire broke out after the Aeroflot jet made an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo International Airport, north of Moscow. It is understood that 73 passengers were on board the aircraft, with five crew.

One crew member and at least two teenagers were among the dead, according to Russia’s investigative committee.

At least 41 people killed after Sukhoi Superjet 100 lands while on fire at Sheremetyevo Airport
A still image taken from handout video footage released 06 May 2019 by the Russian Investigative Committee (Sledcom) shows a rescue personnel near the burned fragments of the a Sukhoi Superjet 100 of the Russian airline Aeroflot at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow. EPA-EFE/RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE HANDOUT

According to Russian news agency Interfax, the plane – which had been bound for the northern city of Murmansk – had tanks full of fuel when it made its landing just 20 minutes after taking off.

A criminal investigation has been launched into Sunday’s incident and both black boxes have been found.

The SSJ-100 is largely used in Russia as a replacement for outdated Soviet-era aircraft, but is also used by airlines in other countries, including Armenia and Mexico.

It has been involved in a fatal accident once before, in 2012, when a demonstration flight in Indonesia struck a mountain, killing all 45 aboard.

Via Sky News