Fatal plane crash casts shadow over Russia's aerospace ambitions

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'People were scared because of the recent tragedy on May 5 when the same type of plane burned in the same airport of Sheremetyevo, ' reports in Russian Federation said.

The plane returned to the airport for the crash landing. Unconfirmed reports say that plane flew into a thunderstorm and was hit by lightning, but the pilot was probably responsible for the fire for not dumping the extra fuel before attempting to land the bird. Pilot Denis Evdokimov said "because of lightning, we had a loss of radio communication" but he and his co-pilot had landed the plane "by the book" and the fire started only after landing.

Investigators are still examining the black boxes from the plane and have so far given no official reason for the crash. "They were phoning relatives, screaming that the plane was burning and falling".

A total of five Aeroflot flights were cancelled by early evening, according to the Sheremetyevo airport online schedule, four of which usually use the Sukhoi Superjet. The jet bounced on the runway and its rear section caught fire.

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"An okay landing. A landing with a bang", one of the men said.

Air traffic control only called for emergency services to go to the runway after talking the pilot through landing, Ren TV reported.

SHOCKING footage captured the moment passengers sprinted for their lives away from a jet plane as it erupted into a fireball.

Survivor Oleg Molchanov wrote on an online forum that toxic black smoke filling the cabin within seconds was the reason evacuation from the back was hard.

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The video emerged of Sheremetyevo airport ground workers, laughing and taking pictures of the burning plane.

Sheremetyevo said in a statement that the officials - who were not employees of the airport company or Aeroflot - would be "punished in the strictest possible way".

Russia's national carrier Aeroflot was once notorious for a poor safety record but in recent years its image has improved and it has not had a fatal accident in more than a decade.

Russian regional carrier Yamal Airlines will cancel a planned purchase of 10 Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft, following the Sunday's crash-landing of Superjet 100 aircraft operated by Aeroflot.

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At this stage there is no sign of a design fault in the Superjet 100s and the Russian transport ministry has decided against grounding the planes.

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