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UPDATE: Reports are now saying at least 41 dead including 2 children…
A Russian passenger jet caught fire and made a dramatic emergency landing at Moscow’s busy Sheremetyevo Airport today. Russian state-controlled news outlet RIA Novoste reported there were 78 passengers on board the plane. Russian state news agency TASS reported 73 passengers and six crew members.
There also was conflicting information about the number of victims, with TASS quoting a source as saying that one person had died and at least 10 people were injured. No other agencies reported any deaths, reported RFERL.
Interfax said six people were injured, while Baza reported 26 victims, reported RFERL. It was not clear what caused the fire on flight SU-1492, which left Moscow for a 2.5-hour flight to the northern Russian city of Murmansk.
“According to preliminary data, several people were hurt. At least 10 ambulances have been dispatched to the site,” reported TASS.