New video footage shows the moment the stricken Aeroflot passenger plane bouncing on a Moscow runway before it burst into flames, killing 41 people.
The Aeroflot plane can be seen bounding down the runway on May 5. According to reports, the pilots were not able to land without the assistance of autopilot after the plane was struck by lightning.
Members of the crew confirmed the plane was hit by lightning before they lost radio communications.
“There was a bright flash and a bang,” pilot Denis Evdokimov is quoted by The Independent as saying. “The fire began after landing, I understand, because of the landing.”
An investigation revealed that there may have been an “over-dependence on autopilot” as well as “pilot error” that contributed to the cause of the accident.
Many passengers on board SU 1492 then escaped via the plane’s emergency slides that inflated after the hard landing.