TASS news agency, citing a medical source, said at least 13 people were killed and that others remained unaccounted for.
Two children were among the passengers who died, the Investigative Committee said.
One person was killed and at least five were injured when a Russian Aeroflot Sukhoi Superjet plane made an emergency landing in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on Sunday due to fire on board, Russian news agencies said. The plane apparently did not have time to jettison fuel before the emergency landing, news reports said.
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Video broadcast later on Russian television showed flames bursting from the jetliner's underside as it lands and then bounces.
The plane had taken off from Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport and was headed to the city of Murmansk when it was forced to turn around and head back, reports said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been informed of the fiery emergency landing of the Aeroflot jet in Moscow and has ordered a "thorough investigation", Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told TASS.
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Dramatic footage shared on social media showed the Russian Aeroflot-owned aircraft, flames and black smoke pouring from its fuselage, land at Sheremetyevo global airport. "At 6:30 pm, the aircraft made an emergency landing", it added.
Aeroflot Flight SU1492 returned to Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, making an emergency landing, news agency Interfax reported.
Criminal investigators are examining the cause of the crash amid reports that an electrical fault had caused the inferno after takeoff.
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Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has also ordered a special committee to investigate the disaster, Ria Novosti agency reported.