Moscow — A survivor of the Russian business airliner thatin Moscow on Sunday, killing 41 folks, says a flash of lightning was heard moments earlier than the aircraft started its emergency descent. “It was very sturdy, and could possibly be heard all through the cabin,” Dmitry Kharinin, an engineer and resident of Volgograd, advised a neighborhood information outlet Tuesday.
Kharinin mentioned he noticed the lightning however didn’t witness a direct lightning strike on the Russian-made Sukhoi SSJ100. Nonetheless, he speculates that the electromagnetic discharge of the lightning could have disabled aircraft techniques.
Investigators are nonetheless working to know what occurred to trigger the aircraft to ignite in a fireball upon touchdown. A lightning strike is one idea.
The aircraft landed laborious, destroying the touchdown gear and igniting the engines, Kharinin mentioned. The plane burst into flames, trailed by smoke.
Video posted on a state-run information web site appeared to indicate the chaos inside. A lady may be heard screaming “we’re on fireplace” and a person known as for calm amid the frantic sound of seat-belts unbuckling.
Passengers who may fled down slides on the entrance of the aircraft, some with baggage. However dozens of others by no means made it out. Amongst them is 22-year-old Jeremy Brooks of New Mexico. His former boss advised CBS Information the current faculty graduate was going to Russia to work as a fly-fishing information.