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At least 41 dead as passenger plane erupts into fireball after emergency landing

The plane had reportedly taken off for the northern city of Murmansk, but a fire broke out while it was in the air and it returned to Sheremetyevo (Picture: AP)

At least 41 people have died after a passenger plane erupted into a fireball during an emergency landing in Moscow.

The Aeroflot aircraft burst into flames at Sheremetyevo airport after hitting the runway this evening.

It was later stated that 13 people, including two children, had been killed.

However investigators confirmed this evening that 41 had died in the blaze.

Speaking in a statement, the Russian Investigative Committee said: There were 78 people on board, including [five] crew members.

This image taken from video provided by Instagram user @artempetrovich, shows the SSJ-100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines on fire during an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. (@artempetrovich via AP)

Passengers are seen fleeing from the aircraft using emergency slides (Picture: AP)

This handout picture taken and realeased on May 5, 2019, by the Investigative Committee of Russia shows a fire of a Russian-made Superjet-100 at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow. - The Interfax agency reported that the plane, a Russian-made Superjet-100, had just taken off from Sheremetyevo airport on a domestic route when the crew issued a distress signal. At least one person is died according to Russian agencies. (Photo by HO / RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSHO/AFP/Getty Images

The Interfax agency reported that the plane, a Russian-made Superjet-100, had just taken off (Picture: AFP)

In this image provided by Riccardo Dalla Francesca shows smoke rises from a fire on a plane at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on Sunday, May 5, 2019. (Riccardo Dalla Francesca via AP)

The Aeroflot aircraft burst into flames at Sheremetyevo airport after htting the runway this evening (Picture: AP)

Sukhoi SuperJet fire Moscow

Unconfirmed reports say at least five people have been injured (Picture: east2west)

Sukhoi SuperJet fire Moscow

Video on Russian news channel Rossiya-24 showed the plane, a Sukhoi SSJ-100 regional jet, landing with large flames engulfing the rear section (Picture: east2west)

According to updated information, 37 out of them survived.

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Video on Russian news channel Rossiya-24 showed the plane, a Sukhoi SSJ-100 regional jet, landing with large flames engulfing the rear section.

Passengers are seen fleeing from the aircraft using emergency slides.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines is covered in fire retardant foam after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Over a dozen people died Sunday in a fiery airplane accident at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, a spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee said. (Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines is covered in fire retardant foam (Picture: AP)

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines is covered in fire retardant foam after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Over a dozen people died Sunday in a fiery airplane accident at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, a spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee said. (Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

Over a dozen people died (Picture: AP)

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft of Aeroflot Airlines is covered in fire retardant foam after an emergency landing in Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Over a dozen people died Sunday in a fiery airplane accident at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, a spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee said. (Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

The plane melted in the heat (Picture: AP)

In this image provided by Riccardo Dalla Francesca shows smoke rises from a fire on a plane at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on Sunday, May 5, 2019. (Riccardo Dalla Francesca via AP)

Reports say there were 78 people aboard the plane (Picture: AP)

Sukhoi SuperJet fire Moscow

A passenger plane has erupted into a fireball after landing in Moscow (Picture: east2west news)

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