Russia Investigates Fiery Plane Crash that Killed 41 People
Russian officials are investigating Sunday's crash of a plane that burst into flames during an emergency landing. The crash killed 41 people.
The national airline Aeroflot operated the passenger plane, a Russian-built Sukhoi Superjet 100.
The crash happened shortly after the plane took off from Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport. The plane was to fly to the northern city of Murmansk. Within minutes, the pilots requested an emergency landing.
Video shared on social media shows the plane coming down for a hard landing. As it slid down the runway, the back of the aircraft burst into flames. After coming to a stop, large flames as well as thick, black smoke rose from the plane.
Russian Transportation Minister Yevegny Dietrich reported that 41 bodies were recovered from the wreckage. He said 37 people survived the crash. Some of the survivors could be seen on video jumping down an air-filled slide from the front of the plane.
Russian media reported one of the pilots said lightning had struck the plane. Flight attendant Tatiana Kasatnika said in a video on YouTube that the plane had taken off in a storm. Before the crash, she said she heard a loud noise and saw a burst of light.
"We took off, got into a cloud, there was strong hail," the flight attendant said. "And at that moment, there was a pop and some kind of flash, like electricity."
Russia's main investigative committee said the plane's flight recorders were recovered from the burned wreckage. A spokeswoman for the committee told Russian news agencies Monday that investigators were looking into three main possible causes: inexperienced pilots, equipment failure and bad weather.
One survivor praised the plane's flight attendants for helping save him and others. "It was dark and there was gas, a very high temperature. They helped people out of there, helped them to descend," Dmity Khlebnikov told a Russian newspaper.
Another passenger, Mikhail Savchenko, wrote on Facebook that some passengers grabbed their belongings as they fled during the emergency. "I do not know what to say about people who ran out with bags. God is their judge," he wrote.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft first entered service in 2011. It was introduced as a major, new replacement for outdated passenger planes designed during times of the Soviet Union.
But the plane has been troubled in the past by concerns over problems with its horizontal stabilizers. In 2017, Russian officials ordered an inspection of all Superjets in Russia because of the problems.
A Mexican airline, Interjet, grounded Superjets in December 2016 over the issues.
Transportation Minister Dietrich told reporters Monday it was too early to decide whether the planes should be grounded in Russia.
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1.emergency landing 紧急着陆
The crew jettisoned excess fuel and made an emergency landing.
2.ran out 耗尽；抛弃
The builders ran out of materials.
3.flight attendants 空乘人员
I love flight attendants this job, because I want to fly in the sky.
4.took off 起飞
He took off his spectacles and rubbed frantically at the lens.
5."And at that moment, there was a pop and some kind of flash, like electricity."
at that moment 在那时
Seeing Marcus at that moment was a great tonic.
At that moment a chime sounded from the front of the house.
6.Transportation Minister Dietrich told reporters Monday it was too early to decide whether the planes should be grounded in Russia.
it was too early to ...为时过早
I knew it was too early to promote you.
It was too early to put a dollar value on the revised contract.
该飞机从莫斯科谢列梅捷沃机场起飞后不久发生事故 。飞机当时飞往北部城市摩尔曼斯克，飞行员在起飞几分钟后要求紧急着陆 。
社交媒体上分享的视频显示，飞机正在进行硬着陆 。当飞机沿着跑道滑行时，飞机尾部突然起火 。飞机停下来之后，巨大的火焰以及浓烟从飞机上升腾而起 。
俄罗斯交通部长叶夫根尼·迪特里希（Yevgeny Dietrich）报告称，从飞机残骸中发现41具遗体 。他说有37人在事故中幸存 。视频中可以看到一些幸存者从飞机前方的紧急滑梯上逃生 。
俄罗斯媒体报道称，其中一名飞行员称闪电击中了飞机 。空乘人员塔蒂亚娜·卡萨特尼卡（Tatiana Kasatnika）在Youtube视频中表示，飞机在暴风雨条件下起飞 。她说，事故发生前她听到一声巨响，还看到一道闪光 。
该空乘人员表示：“我们起飞后进入云层，突然遇到了强烈的冰雹 。就在那一刻，突然砰的一声，出现电流一样的闪光 。”
俄罗斯主要调查委员会表示，已经从烧毁的残骸中找到客机的飞行记录仪 。该委员会的发言人周一对俄罗斯新闻机构表示，调查人员正在对三项可能的事故原因展开调查：飞行员经验不足、设备故障以及恶劣天气 。
一名幸存者感谢空乘人员帮助自己和其他乘客逃生 。Dmity Khlebnikov告诉一家俄罗斯报纸：“当时机舱内一片黑暗，充斥着不明气体和高温 。空乘人员帮助大家逃生，帮助乘客滑落地面 。”
另一位乘客Mikhail Savchenko在Facebook上写道，一些乘客在紧急逃生时还抓着行李不放 。他写道：“对于这些提着行李逃生的乘客，我不知道该说什么 。人在做天在看 。”
2011年，苏霍伊-100超级喷气式飞机首次投入使用 。该机型是作为苏联时期设计的过时飞机的主要全新替代品而推出的 。
但是该机型过去一直饱受水平稳定仪问题的困扰 。2017年，鉴于这一问题，俄罗斯官员下令对俄罗斯所有超级喷气式飞机进行检查 。