Video showed the aircraft skidding down the runway with a giant plume of flames and smoke streaking behind. The tail end of the plane became engulfed by fire as passengers used exit slides to escape the burning aircraft. Fire engines sped toward the wreckage, spraying it to extinguish the flames.

Aeroflot currently operates 50 Russia-made Sukhoi Superjets in its fleet of 255 passenger aircraft, according to the Guardian. Introduced in 2008, the 100-seater was Russia’s first post-Soviet passenger plane. Russia had hoped the new plane would help the country stage a comeback (paywall) in the global civil aircraft market. 

But the jet has been mired in safety concerns, including a metal defect in its tail section that led to its grounding in 2016. The setback came just a few years after a Superjet crashed into a mountain in Indonesia during a promotional flight, killing all 45 onboard. Investigators cited pilot error for the accident. And in 2013, a Superjet failed to takeoff after one of its engines malfunctioned.

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