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At least 13 fatalities in Aeroflot Superjet blaze

Investigators have disclosed that at least 13 fatalities have resulted from the Sukhoi Superjet 100 landing accident at Moscow Sheremetyevo.

Russia’s federal Investigative Committee says that a criminal case will be opened into the emergency landing of the aircraft.

It adds that it will shortly begin interviewing victims of the accident, eyewitnesses, airport personnel and representatives of the airline, as well as individuals responsible for aircraft operations.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft has identified the Superjet involved as an airframe less than two years old. It states that the jet bore serial number 95135.

Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer lists this aircraft as having first flown in June 2017 and delivered new to Aeroflot in late September 2017.

The Superjet 100 is fitted with PowerJet SaM146 engines.

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft says the aircraft burned after a hard landing, having returned to Sheremetyevo shortly after departing for Murmansk owing to an “abnormality” on board.

It states that the aircraft was involved underwent scheduled maintenance in April this year.

Fleets Analyzer lists the twinjet as being registered with Aeroflot as RA-89098, and that it was owned by VEB-Leasing following a sale and leaseback transaction.

Superjets have been in airline service since Aeroflot received the first example in mid-2011.

One of the manufacturer’s prototype airframes was lost in a fatal accident in Indonesia when it collided with high terrain during a demonstration flight.

Another flight-test Superjet was badly damaged in a gear-up touchdown during testing in Reykjavik in July 2013.

Russian operator Yakutia suffered a serious Superjet landing accident in October last year when the aircraft’s main landing-gear collapsed as it overran during arrival at Yakutsk.

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