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    Plane Fire at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport (12)

    A Sukhoi Superjet-100 was forced to make an emergency landing on Sunday at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport due to a fire on board, which ultimately destroyed the aircraft on the ground, killing at least 41.

    The Russian Investigative Committee has announced the main versions of what caused the tragedy.

    "The investigation is considering various versions for the cause of the incident, among which are the insufficient qualification of pilots, dispatchers and technical inspectors of the plane, as well as aircraft malfunction and adverse weather conditions", the committee said.

    READ MORE: Alleged Cabin VIDEO of SSJ100 Catching Fire During Landing Shared by Passengers

    Previously, a source with the emergency services told Sputnik that both of the SSJ-100's black boxes had been discovered at the site of a crash in Sheremetyevo Airport.

    "Both black boxes — a flight data recorder and a voice recorder — were found and dismantled", the source stated, adding that investigators were studying the find at the moment.

    The Russian Investigative Committee confirmed on Sunday that 41 of 78 people on board, including two children, died in a fire that broke out on board flight SU1492 from Moscow to Murmansk following its crash in Moscow at 2:50 pm GMT. Many passengers and crew members received severe burns and suffered gas inhalation, according to the Russian Health Ministry, with at least 9 admitted to hospital in critical or moderately severe condition.

    A commission has been created to probe the cause and circumstances of the accident.

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