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5/7/2019 10:52:30 AM

Sympathies sent to Russia on heavy losses in Aeroflot plane incident

Party General Secretary and President of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong on May 6 offered sympathies to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the heavy losses from the incident involving an Aeroflot plane at Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow.

The Aeroflot plane caught fire while making an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo International Airport on May 5 (Photo: AFP)

The same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also extended sympathies to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.

On May 5, an Aeroflot plane made an emergency landing and caught fire at Sheremetyevo International Airport, only 30 minutes after taking off from the airport. The incident killed 41 crew members and passengers.

Investigators were on May 6 working to understand the causes of the blaze after the Sukhoi Superjet-100 had to return to Sheremetyevo airport shortly after take-off Sunday evening.

Pilot Denis Yevdokimov told Russian media the aircraft lost communication and needed to switch to emergency control mode "because of lightning" on the Aeroflot flight to the Arctic city of Murmansk.

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