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More than a dozen killed after Russian plane bursts into flames

At least thirteen people were killed when a Russian plane exploded into flames mid-air as it made an emergency landing at Moscow's main international airport.

Two children are among those confirmed dead following the inferno on the Sukhoi Superjet at Sheremetyevo airport on Sunday, the Russian Investigative Committee said.

Terrified passengers were seen fleeing the Russian national carrier Aeroflot plane as flames flared from the rear of the aircraft with 78 on board.

Shocking footage from on board the Russian-built plane as it landed captured horrific flames engulfing the windows and the screams of passengers as they were gripped by panic.

Yet an airport official said that ‘many passengers delayed emergency evacuation - because against all instructions - they were picking up hand luggage from overhead compartments.’

The aircraft made two attempts to crash land soon after take-off from Russia's capital to the Arctic city of Murmansk.

Initial indications suggest an electrical fault might have caused the fire while the plane was in the air.

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Three flight attendants were believed to be on board the aircraft during the inferno, including

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My view: Heartbreaking, it is sad, what a terrible way to die. The crew did a great job getting it on the ground for the rescue team and fire fighting services. The video is painful to watch.

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