Aeroflot Sukhoi SSJ100 plane crash
The Sukhoi Superjet 100-95 (SSJ100) operated by Aeroflot took off from Moscow Sheremetyevo, Russia, for a passenger flight to Murmansk, Russia. 73 passengers and 5 crewmembers were onboard. The plane return landing to Moscow shortly after takeoff, and burst into flames on landing. 41 occupants were killed in the accidents. 35 occupants were able to evacuate the aircraft via both front door emergency slides.
The plane took off from Moscow Sheremetyevo airport, and stopped the climb at about 10 000 ft (3000 meters) following a lightning strike. The crew declared loss of radio communication first, later emergency via transponder codes. The crew elected to return to Moscow for a landing, and circled back. The plane bounced upon landing, and on the next contact with the runway the plane’s tail violently hit the runway and a fire erupted. The Superjet 100 then veered left off the runway and came to a stop on the grass adjacent to the runway, with lot of flames at the back. Many occupants escaped the burning plane via the front right and left emergency slides. the flight crew escaped via the escape ropes through the cockpit sliding windows. The tail section has been completely destroyed by the flames. Emergency services reported the fire was extinguished about 45 minutes after landing.
Initial investigations have shown that a lightning strike during the climb have resulted in the failure of the radios and other equipment including the autopilot. The crew returned to Moscow. While landing at Moscow airport, the plane experienced a rough landing and bounces. Following the 4th touch down a fire broke out at the tail section of the aircraft and the aircraft veered left off the runway.
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The Sukhoi Superjet 100 or SSJ100 is a regional jet designed by the Russian airplane manufacturer Sukhoi. It is powered by two jet engines. Its development started in 2000, it made its maiden flight in May 2008 and its first commercial flight in April 2011. The 46–49 t MTOW plane typically seats 87 to 98 passengers. By April 2019, 157 have been produced and 131 were in service (2 have been destroyed, and 25 are stored).
Aeroflot is currently on the blacklist of airlines banned from flying in the European Union.