5 May 2019, Moscow. – A commission chaired by Transport Minister Evgeny Ditrich has been established to investigate the incident involving an Aeroflot aircraft operating flight SU1492 from Moscow to Murmansk. Representatives of the Investigative Committee and the Emergency Situations Ministry are at the scene. Aeroflot has also activated its rapid response centre, headed by CEO Vitaly Saveliev.
The airline's management has decided to fly relatives of passengers affected on flight SU1492 (Moscow-Murmansk) to Moscow without charge.
The crew of the Aeroflot aircraft, which took off today from Moscow for Murmansk and was forced to return to Sheremetyevo airport due to technical reasons, did everything possible to save passengers. The aircraft was evacuated in 55 seconds, compared to the industry norm of 90 seconds. The captain was the last to leave the burning aircraft.
The Superjet 100 aircraft was carrying 73 passengers and five crew members.
Malfunctions on board the aircraft, which was operating flight SU1492 from Moscow to Murmansk, were detected shortly after takeoff. The crew was forced to request an emergency return to the airport. The engines caught fire after landing at Sheremetyevo; the fire was swiftly extinguished. Passengers left the aircraft via the emergency exits. Emergency medical assistance is being provided to all those in need.