PICTURED: At least 13 dead as burning plane makes emergency landing

At least 13 people, including two children, have died after a fire on board a Russian passenger plane forced it to make an emergency landing in Moscow.

Officials said a criminal investigation had been launched into the incident, which saw an Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet aircraft forced to land at Sheremetyevo International Airport in the north of the capital.

Russian state TV showed footage of the plane with black smoke rising above its tail after it landed, and video posted on social media showed much of the rear engulfed by flame as it sped down the runway.

One clip showed a number of panicked people fleeing from the aircraft, a Sukhoi SSJ-100 regional jet, as an emergency vehicle approached.

Aeroflot said the plane – which Russian Interfax news agency said had 78 passengers on board – was forced to turn back after taking off from Sheremetyevo, blaming “technical reasons”.

The airline said the number of victims was “being specified” and that emergency medical care was being provided to the injured, with at least five people hurt according to officials.

It added that an investigation had been opened to establish the cause of the fire.

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