Russian band Na-Na was aboard the Tu-154 plane that was struck by chaos and panic when it burst into flames prior to take off and later exploded at a Siberian airport.
The passenger aircraft, carrying 124 people, was due to fly from Surgut to Moscow. Speaking about the horror experience, a member of the band said: “There was a thick, black smoke and people started to panic. They were literally stepping on each other’s heads.”
“I saw my life flash before me,” he was quoted as saying by Itar-Tass news agency.
“When the engines were started up, something went wrong and the outer covering of the plane caught fire,” another member said.
“We had trouble opening the emergency exits and people began to really panic, with some of them running right through the flames.”
According to an emergency services spokesperson, the fire caused a powerful blast which destroyed the Tu-154 plane and caused flames across an area of 100 square meters.
Most of the passengers were evacuated before the explosion, but 4 people were killed and 46 others were hospitalized.
Polish President Lech Kaczynski was killed last year when a Polish Airforce Tu-154 crashed in Russia.
Read here about Jack Roush, who was in a place crash earlier this year.
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