Superjet flights canceled following Russian plane disaster

Superjet flights canceled following Russian plane disaster

Superjet flights canceled following Russian plane disaster

The plane that crashed on Sunday flew for the first time in June 2017, and was delivered to Aeroflot three months later, according to aircraft-tracking website Flightradar24.com Aeroflot - which has a plan to double its fleet to 520 planes, including 190 Russian- made aircraft, by 2023 - is seeking to quadruple its market value by that time, CEO Vitaly Savelyev told Russian President Vladimir Putin past year.

Out of the 78 people on board, only 37 survived, while 41 died.

The plane burst into flames as it landed, and 41 passengers were tragically killed in the accident.

More than 160,000 people have signed a petition demanding that the Superjet be grounded in the wake of last weekend's tragedy.

Passengers and crew said they saw a bright light and felt a jolt as the plane entered clouds.

Russian television channel Ren TV posted what it said was the conversation between the pilots and air traffic control which showed that the pilot remained calm as he requested an emergency landing and did not assess the situation as critical.

One line of inquiry is whether pilot error could have caused the crash.

As per NDTV report, the investigation told Kommersant newspaper that pilots made the number of mistakes like flying into the thunderstorm, they landed with the full tank among others.

Pilot Denis Evdokimov has insisted he followed the correct procedures for landing with excess weight and one aviation expert has hailed his handling of the plane.

Two black boxes have been recovered from the plane in reasonable condition and are being analysed - a process that will take "a few weeks".

Video footage shot from inside the Russian plane has emerged showing the moment the plane caught fire after it was forced to make an emergency landing.

One of them appears to be Tatiana Kasatkina, the flight attendant hailed as a hero for kicking open a door and throwing passengers out to safety.

It is believed that the people who died were chocked by the smoke, according to TASS. Sunday's is the second fatal incident involving a Superjet after a promotional flight crashed into a mountainside in Indonesia in 2012, killing everyone on board.

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.

Smoke rises from a fire on a plane at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport on May 5, 2019.

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