Photo Credit: Sergey Kolesnikov / Wikimedia
Aeroflot airplane at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow

Some 41 people, including two children were killed Sunday in a deadly emergency landing by an Aeroflot passenger jet that caught fire at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

There were 78 passengers and five crew members aboard the Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft when it landed and headed down the runway in flames, with black smoke billowing above.

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Russian news agencies reported that the plane was departing Moscow for the northern city of Murmansk, but returned because a fire broke out aboard the aircraft once it was airborne.

It’s not yet clear what caused the fire, and victims’ identities have not yet been released.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.