Dozens die in Aeroflot jet fire

A Russian Aeroflot passenger jet caught fire making a jarring emergency landing in Moscow on Sunday, killing 41 people on board the plane.

Television footage showed the rear of the jet bursting into flames after the Sukhoi Superjet 100 bounced down a runway at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.

Some passengers managed to escape on inflated emergency slides. Survivors said the jet was struck by lightning shortly after it took off with 78 people on board, and turned around to return to the airport.

“The plane turned back and there was a hard landing. We were so scared, we almost lost consciousness,” passenger Pyotr Egorov told the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily. “The plane jumped down the landing strip like a grasshopper and then caught fire on the ground.”

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