Severomorsk head explains why Sheremetyevo survivors were getting overhead luggage
The official was a sixth-row passenger.
Vladimir Yevmenkov, the Severomorsk head, who was on board the Sukhoi Superjet 100, commented on the information about the airliner passengers who were saving their hand luggage. The official was in the sixth row and did not smell any smoke, he said.
He said in an interview with Sever-FM that he did not notice any hustle during the evacuation.
“People did stand in the aisles, it’s true. For example, I was not at all among the first people to go out and when I got up from my seat, it was impossible to go forward. A woman with a child were in front of me, but they weren’t even walking, apparently, they were afraid to choke on carbon monoxide gas, and at that moment running to the exit would mean running on people. So, I just stood in the aisle for a while. Because, as I said, it was impossible to go forward, there were people ahead,” said Yevmenkov.
He added that while everyone was standing and waiting, some began taking their belongings from the overhead shelves. He stressed that there was no emergency exit in the middle of the cabin, so everyone had to wait to exit through the front door.
The official also said that during takeoff, he saw the lightning hit the right engine twice in the porthole.
“There were two extremely loud blows and two flashes, but the engine did not catch fire. I don’t know if it kept working or not, but it definitely wasn’t burning. Then it became clear that the flight was abnormal because we stopped climbing, we were flying under the clouds, saw the ground below and made circles around the airport,” said the city head.
According to him, the landing was tough since the plane bounced several times, and then the engine caught fire.
“I looked away from the window and saw that people jumped up from their seats. I noticed that the family from the left row, a man, a woman and a child, got down on the floor and were moving forward like that. It became clear that running forward meant running on people, so all those who saw it just got up and waited to be evacuated. As soon as the passage opened, everyone began to leave,” Yevmenkov explained.
As The CrimeRussia said earlier, the Sukhoi Superjet 100 caught fire last night at Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow. The Aeroflot airliner going to Murmansk returned to Moscow 28 minutes after takeoff. Initially, it was reported that 1 person died, but later at night, the Investigative Committee said the death toll was 41 (40 passengers and one crew member).
The ICR has initiated a criminal case under part 3 of Art. 263 of the Criminal Code (“Violation of the rules for traffic safety and operation of air transport, which resulted in the death of two or more persons”)
The Murmansk region declared a three-day mourning. The regional authorities said that the families of the victims would receive one million rubles in compensation each and the survivors will be paid 500 thousand rubles each.