The republic's leadership, parliamentarians, representatives of ministries and departments laid flowers at the exit point of the consular service of the Russian Embassy in Tiraspol in connection with the death of passengers as a result of the accident of the Aeroflot airline’s Superjet-100 aircraft.
The tragedy occurred on the evening of May 5 at Sheremetyevo. The aircraft Sukhoi Superjet-100 of the airline "Aeroflot" flew at 18:03 local time to Murmansk. Half an hour later it returned to Sheremetyevo Airport and made an emergency landing at which it caught fire. The crew members, who helped passengers to escape, behaved heroically. Flight attendant Maxim Moiseev, helping people on board, was on the plane to the last, but could not escape himself. There were 78 people on board, including crew members. The tragedy claimed the lives of 41 people.
What caused the aircraft to ignite is still unknown. To date, there are several versions. Two "black boxes" of a burnt-down aircraft were found at the crash site, decoding which will give more complete picture of what happened.
President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the families and friends of the victims, and instructed to thoroughly investigate the disaster. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered the creation of state commission to investigate the incident. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal case.
The Pridnestrovian people sincerely empathize and share the burden of loss with the families and friends of the victims of this tragedy. Condolences to the families of the victims were expressed by the President of the Republic Vadim Krasnoselsky, Chairman of the Supreme Council Alexander Korshunov and deputies.
The Vice-Speaker of the Parliament Galina Antyufeeva noted, it was bitter and painful: on such bright Easter days, terrible grief suddenly cut short the lives of people.
Residents of Tiraspol are bringing flowers to the consular point. Someone attached a hand-written sign "Murmansk, we grieve". Memorial candles are burning here ...