Investigation continues into deadly Russian plane inferno

Survivors described a harrowing scene; 41 people were killed including U.S. citizen Jeremy Brooks.
1:32 | 05/08/19

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Transcript for Investigation continues into deadly Russian plane inferno
And next this evening, new questions after that deadly emergency landing at the airport in Moscow. You remember those pictures. The plane slamming into the runway and erupting into flames after turning back to the airport, just 28 minutes into the flight. Tonight, the questions now for the pilots. Here's ABC's senior foreign correspondent Ian Pannell. Reporter: Tonight, investigators probing that deadly runway inferno, reportedly zeroing in on the actions of the pilot. What we saw was a botched landing. A landing that went awry and it hit so hard that it broke the airplane up and caused that horrific fire. Reporter: The haunting screams of passengers captured on video from inside the cabin. 41 people died, including American Jeremy brooks. A Russian newspaper now reporting investigators believe the pilot rushed that emergency landing, instead of dumping the plane's fuel in the air. Under normal circumstances, the pilots would dump fuel, but there were potential electrical problems caused by the lightning strike, which is why they landed with so much gas in the airplane. Reporter: Tonight, survivors describing a harrowing scene. One man telling Russian media he was the last to make it out alive. The back of the plane soaked in gas. Everyone behind him unable to escape. David, there are still questions about whether a lightning strike played a role here. And investigators looking at the slow response time. Why did fire crews only get to the plane after it had landed and was already on fire? David? All right, Ian Pannell with us tonight. Thank you, Ian.

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