Death toll in fiery Russian plane crash climbs to 41

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This image taken from video and provided on the Twitter feed of Mikhail Norenko shows smoke from a plane on fire at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport on Sunday.

At least 41 people have been killed in Russian Federation when a passenger plane caught on fire.

Emergency services reported the fire was extinguished about 45 minutes after landing and said that there were 41 fatalities, six injuries and a still undetermined number of missing occupants.

The Russian news agency TASS, citing sources, said at least 1 person was killed in the blaze.

An emergency service vehicle is parked at the entrance of Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow.

News has emerged that an Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet, was forced into making an emergency landing at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport before bursting into flames on the runway.

Two children were among the dead, Russian investigators said.

Videos circulating on social media show the plane engulfed in flames on the tarmac and people evacuating through emergency slides.

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The aircraft is reportedly a Sukhoi Superjet-100 that had been bound for the city of Murmansk.

According to Russian media, the aircraft was operated by Russian airline Aeroflot and was carrying 73 passengers and 5 crew members.

The Aeroflot statement did not specify what caused the plane to return to Sheremetyevo Airport.

This is likely what may have caused the deaths of passengers at the back of the plane. "The plane jumped down the landing strip like a grasshopper and then caught fire on the ground".

A law enforcement source told the Interfax news agency that the plane gave a distress signal after departure, then tried to make an emergency landing.

Russia's Investigative Committee has launched a criminal probe into the incident, it said on its website.

Some Russian news reports cited sources as saying the plane headed back to the airport after a fire was detected in flight.

Kristian Kostov, a former Bulgarian Eurovision contestant, wrote that he witnessed the fire, according to the BBC.

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