Aeroflot Flight 1492 – A Cabin Crew Perspective

On fifth Could 2019, a home flight, Aeroflot 1492, was departing Moscow-Sheremetyevo for Murmansk. It was a Sukhoi Superjet 100 with 73 passengers and two flight crew, and three cabin crew. Working on the entrance of the plane had been Tatyana Kasatkina and Ksenia Vogel, and colleague Maxim Moiseyev was working within the rear cabin. The plane was struck by lightning after take off. Tatyana heard a loud noise outdoors the plane and heard the commander saying he was returning to the airport.

What occurred subsequent

The plane bounced on touchdown inflicting the nostril gear to break down, and gasoline spilled out, inflicting the fireball to erupt. The cabin crew noticed hearth on the rear of the plane outdoors the cabin, and though the plane was nonetheless sliding, passengers had been grabbing their baggage and shifting in direction of the exits. Some had been screaming and phoning their households. The plane got here to a standstill and the cabin crew heard the commander’s instructions of ‘Consideration crew’ and ‘On station’.

Aeroflot, SJ100 Crash

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The cabin crew initiated the evacuation three seconds earlier than the instructions. The ahead proper exit was opened eight seconds after the plane got here to a halt, with the primary passenger evacuated after 17 seconds. The ahead left exit was opened at 18 seconds after assist from a passenger, and the primary passenger from this exit left at 32 seconds. Tatyana describes kicking the door open and pushing the passengers out onto the slide. The cabin crew reported seeing passengers with their cabin baggage within the cabin. The cabin was rapidly changing into filled with black smoke, and a few individuals had been crawling in direction of the exits. After 70 seconds, the slides on the entrance of the plane had been nonetheless used to evacuate.

“The flight attendants stated ‘come rapidly, crawl left till the exit’. In consequence, I managed to leap off the airplane.”

Passenger on Flight 1492


Thirty-four passengers managed to evacuate together with the commander and the 2 cabin crew on the entrance of the plane. The primary officer managed to evacuate through the flight deck escape rope. Maxim died making an attempt to open the exit door on the rear of the plane to evacuate his passengers. Forty-one passengers died. One cabin crew had severe accidents, and the flight crew and one cabin crew had minor accidents.

Aeroflot Flight 1492 wreckage


Video footage confirms that passengers had been leaving the plane and taking place the slides with their baggage, and there’s no doubt that this delayed the evacuation and induced pointless deaths. It’s thought that the passengers and crew members on the rear of the plane would by no means have stood an opportunity of survival in these circumstances. In December 2019, the commander was charged by the Russian courts accused of the infringement of flight procedures and manuals. The investigation confirmed that he had made deadly errors.

“Thank God and the stewardesses who saved me. They had been at all times with us serving to individuals to climb the slide and get out of the cabin, filled with smoke. It was darkish and extremely scorching inside.”

Passenger Flight 1492