By Roy Mabasa
There was no Filipino in the Russian commercial plane that made an emergency landing and eventually caught fire, killing 78 passengers, in Moscow, Russia, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday.
Earlier reports said 40 people – including two children – died while 38 other survived when Aeroflot SU 1492 crash-landed in Sheremetyevo International Airport on Sunday, bursting into flames on impact.
In an earlier statement, Aeroflot, Russia’s largest airline, said Flight SU1492 was scheduled to fly from Moscow to the northwestern Russian city Murmansk when it encountered “technical issues” and was forced to return to Sheremetyevo Airport. The plane reportedly suffered engine fire upon landing.
Airline officials said the fire was quickly extinguished and passengers were able to exit the aircraft through the emergency exits. Those who were injured were immediately given medical assistance, the statement said.
In a statement, the Philippine government has conveyed its condolences to the victims of the passenger plane as well as to the Russian government.