13 dead after Russian passenger plane catches fire

Last Updated: Wed, May 15, 2019 23:33 hrs

[Russia], May 6 (ANI): At least 13 people were killed and 6 others sustained injuries after a massive fire broke out on a Russian passenger plane on Sunday, state news agency TASS reported.

Shortly after the take off from Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, the Russian-made Superjet-100, which was carrying 73 passengers, requested an emergency landing due to fire on board.

The plane was headed to Russia's far northwest city of Murmansk. It returned to the Sheremetyevo airport after 27 minutes in the air, reported Russia Today.

Videos on social media show a dense cloud of black smoke pouring out the aircraft parked on the runway.

The said aircraft was relatively new.

An investigation has been opened into the incident.

Further details are awaited. (ANI)