78 people were onboard Russian Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet aircraft; 37 survived

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After making an emergency landing at the airport, the plane's engines caught fire on the runway, Aeroflot said in a statement.

Two children were among the 41 killed on the plane, which was flying to the Arctic city of Murmansk when it released a distress call shortly after takeoff and turned back to Moscow.

The plane - which had been bound for the northern city of Murmansk - reportedly had full fuel tanks when landed just 20 minutes after taking off. At 6:25 p.m., the squawk changed to 7700 - an emergency.

"He shared a video of passengers running away from the burning plane, posting: "'Guys I am all right, I am alive and in one piece". As the Russian jet skidded down the runway, it burst into flames, trailed by smoke.

Russian transport minister Yevgeny Dietrich said 41 bodies have been recovered from the burned wreckage.

Aeroflot published a list of survivors (in Russian) who have been identified so far, adding that it will continue to be updated as new information comes to light.

The reports say there were 78 people aboard the plane.

The aircraft's black boxes were found and handed over to investigators, a source in the Russian emergency services told news agencies.

Reports have emerged that the death toll may have risen due to passengers wasting time by grabbing their carry-on luggage before evacuating the plane, preventing others from getting to safety.

Flames were seen flaring from the rear of the Russian-built aircraft.

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"Then it was like a slap, a flash, like electricity". 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.

Black smoke and flames rose above the plane's tail after it had made an emergency landing in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.

"It was dark and there was gas, very high temperature. They helped people out of there, helped them to descend", Dmity Khlebnikov told a Russian newspaper.

While numerous 78 passengers and five crew managed to escape, an unconfirmed number of people are still unaccounted for.

Sukhoi issued a statement expressing its condolences to the families and loved ones of people who died and said its representatives were taking part in the investigation. "God is their judge", he wrote.

Notably, the Sukhoi Superjet-100, the first civilian aircraft developed in Russia's post-Soviet era, was launched in 2011.

But the plane has been troubled by concerns about defects in the horizontal stabilizers.

In 2017 Russia's aviation authority ordered inspection of all Superjets in the country because of the problems.

Interjet Airlines, a Mexican low-priced airline, said in a statement on Sunday it also operated five Superjets "under the highest safety standards".

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