The death toll in the Aeroflot crash has risen to 41, as rescue crews move through the charred wreckage lying at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport.
The tally was confirmed in a statement by Russia's transport minister, Yevgeny Dietrich, on May 6th. In addition to the recovered bodies, investigators have also managed to retrieve both flight recorders from the crashed aircraft.
Russia’s Investigative Committee spokesperson, Svetlana Petrenko, has said investigators will be focusing on three possibilities as they look into the accident - insufficient pilot qualifications, equipment failure and weather conditions.
The plane, a Sukhoi SSJ100, caught fire while making an emergency landing at the airport on May 5th. The flight was heading to Murmansk when it returned to Moscow for unspecified reasons. According to AP, video footage of the crash shows flames erupting from underneath the aircraft as it made an emergency landing. While the official numbers still remain unclear, it is believed that more than 30 people survived the crash, with six being hospitalised for injuries sustained in the crash.
Aeroflot issued a brief statement on May 5thX, saying the engines of the Sukhoi SSJ100 were burning after the aircraft landed. The company added that the sequence of events before and after the fire started was unclear.