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Aeroflot Jet Crashes

Posted 223 days ago | 06.05.19

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Aeroflot Jet Crashes

Forty-one of the seventy-eight people traveling on an Aeroflot jet have died when the plane they were flying in was forced to make an emergency landing at a Moscow airport. Moments before it crashed it was struck by lightning. 

Survivors told how they escaped down inflatable slides from the Aeroflot jet which burst into flames on landing at Sheremetyevo airport on Sunday. It was bound for the northern Russian city of Murmansk.

Investigators probing the cause of the crash have made no official comment on the claims it was hit by lightning since modern aircraft are built to withstand lightning strikes, and Russia's national carrier has said only that the plane returned to the airport for "technical reasons”.

Pilot Denis Yevdokimov told Russian media that the lightning had interrupted communication with air traffic controllers and forced him to switch to emergency manual mode.

Dramatic video showed the plane making a very bumpy landing and bursting into flames after bouncing on the tarmac. Among the dead are two children and a flight attendant.

The plane's black boxes which record flight data and cockpit conversations have reportedly been retrieved and handed to investigators.

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