41 Killed In Russian Plane Crash

Forty-one people died after a Russian plane made an emergency landing and burst into flames just after take off from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

Dramatic video shows passengers using emergency exit slides to escape the burning Aeroflot aircraft.

Survivors suggest the plane was struck by lightning, but Russia’s National Carrier said only that it returned to the Airport for technical reasons.

Two children are among the dead. The jet had 73 passengers and five crew.

The aircraft landed with full fuel tanks because the crew lost contact with Air Traffic Controllers and decided it was too dangerous to dump fuel over Moscow, Interfax added.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a special committee to investigate the disaster.

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