On last Sunday, Aeroflot Flight
SU1492 had to make an emergency landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International
Airport. Out of the 78 passengers and crew members that were aboard the Sukhoi
Superjet 100, 41 persons lost their lives because of the violent landing and
the fire that erupted.
Aeroflot released a statement saying,
‘Aeroflot extends its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of those
who lost their lives on flight SU1492 Moscow-Murmansk. The crew did everything
in its power to save passenger lives and provide emergency assistance to those
involved. Tragically, they were unable to save all of those aboard. Our
thoughts and hearts are with those who have suffered an unspeakable loss. We
mourn with you.’
The Superjet is a regional jet that
is Russian made and entered service back in 2011. Aeroflot has fifty of these
planes in its fleet with room for 87 passengers in each plane. The aircraft
that was operating Flight SU1492, registration number RA-89098 was delivered to
Russian’s national airline – Aeroflot – back in September 2017.
What follows is how the Aeroflot
Flight SU1492 unfolded;
The flight is a daily scheduled flight that takes off from Moscow to the
city of Murmansk within the Arctic Circle. On Sunday, May 5, the flight was
operated by a Sukhoi Superjet 100.
It took off from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport on Sunday at
6:03 p.m. local time.
About five minutes into the flight, the Superjet changed direction to the
north towards Murmansk and then climbed to an altitude of 10,500 feet. It
remains unknown when the communications failure that has been blamed on
lighting occurred, but it had taken place before this according to most
The flight turned back towards the Sheremetyevo airport and started to
The aircraft spent about 10 minutes while circling over Moscow as it
attempts a landing.
A video shows that the jet was bouncing violently down the runway before
the landing gear collapsed and the plane caught fire.
The fire grew quickly while the crew manages to stop the plane on the runway.
Tatyana Kasatkina, a flight attendant, said, ‘When the plane stopped, the
evacuation immediately began. I kicked the door out with my leg and pushed out
the passengers so as not to slow the evacuation.’
Forty of the plane’s 73 passengers were killed. Another flight attendant
Maksim Moiseev died while trying to evacuate the passengers from the plane’s
Some of the surviving passengers decided to take their carry-on luggage
with them thus slowing the evacuation; time that could have been used for saving
the lives of others on the plane.
Firefighters were able to take out the fire using fire-retardant foam.
The heat from the fire had melted the jet’s fuselage.
The flight’s recorders have been recovered and an investigation under
Yevgeny Ditrikh, Russia’s transport minister, is going on.
Investigators began working through the remains of the aircraft on Monday.
A makeshift memorial has already been set up at the airport.
Aeroflot has announced that the families of the passengers who died on the
flight will be receiving $76,584 in compensation from Aeroflot.