At least 41 people, including two children, have died after a Russian passenger plane caught fire following an emergency landing.
The plane, a Sukhoi Superjet-100 operated by Russian airline Aeroflot, was en route from Moscow to Murmansk on the afternoon of 5 May; earlier reports suggested that its tail end caught fire, necessitating an emergency landing in Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport, but subsequently Aeroflot has said that the plane returned to the airport for technical reasons, and caught fire during its emergency landing. The carrier has suggested that earlier reports that the plane had been struck by lightning were incorrect, though this has not been confirmed one way or the other.
An investigation has been opened into the incident. There were 73 passengers on board in total, and five crewmembers - one crewmember is said to be among the deceased, and there have been reports that a US citizen may have been killed. The BBC quoted the Acting Governor of Murmansk, Andre Chibis, as saying that the families of the deceased will receive one million rubles (£11,630), while the survivors currently undergoing treatment in hospital will receive 500,000 rubles (£5,815).
Because of the chaos, flights were unable to take off from Sheremetyevo Airport for several hours.