Forty-one people were killed and at least nine were injured when a Russian Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet plane made an emergency landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Sunday due to fire on board.
The plane, a one-year-old Sukhoi Superjet, departed from Sheremetyevo for Murmansk but shortly after taking off requested an emergency landing after experiencing equipment failures due to being struck by lightning, Interfax cited a source as saying.
The plane bounced off the runway four times during landing. After the fourth landing, the plane’s landing gear collapsed and the tail caught fire.
Russia’s Investigative Committee confirmed that 41 out of 78 passengers, who had been headed from Moscow to the northern Russian city of Murmansk, were killed.
One of the passengers killed was U.S. citizen Jeremy Brooks, the state-run TASS news agency reported.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Russia confirmed to The Moscow Times that one U.S. citizen died in the crash. The embassy is in contact with Russian authorities as the investigation progresses, the spokesperson added.