MOSCOW, May 6 (RAPSI) – The Investigative Committee’s Main Directorate for major investigations will inquire into the deadly fire on board a passenger aircraft Sukhoi Superjet-100 (SSJ-100) at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport that killed 41 people, according to a statement made by the Investigative Committee’s spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko on Monday. 

On May 5, the SSJ-100 airplane bound from Moscow to Murmansk burst into flames during the emergency landing at Sheremetyevo. There were 78 people on board including crew members, 41 of them died in the fire, investigators stated.

A criminal case was opened over violation of air traffic safety rules and aircraft steering rules that entailed death of two and more people through negligence.

Investigators are now questioning victims, witnesses, employees of the airport and the air carrier and other persons responsible for the aircraft operation. They will also examine needed technical documents, the statement reads.