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The Aeroflot plane on fire during its emergency landing in Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow. Photo: Xinhua/Sergei via Getty Images

At least 41 people died after a plane operated by Russian airline Aeroflot burst into flames during an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow Sunday, investigators said.

The latest: The Sukhoi SSJ100 was carrying 73 passengers and 5 crew members when it landed and sped down a runway, billowing huge flames and black smoke. Russian Investigative Committee spokesperson Yelena Markovskaya told state-run news agency Tass that 37 people had survived, including 4 crew members. Aeroflot published a list of survivors.

[A] commission has been established to investigate the causes and circumstances of the incident."
— Aeroflot statement

Details: The plane had taken off from Moscow toward the northwest Russian city of Murmansk when it was forced to turn around because of "technical reasons," Aeroflot said in a statement. Investigators had yet to determine the cause of the crash, but some passengers said lightning struck the plane after takeoff, per Reuters.

  • The Russian Investigative Committee said investigators would soon begin interviewing crash survivors, witnesses, airport staff, Aeroflot and others responsible for the operation of the aircraft. "Required technical documentation will be examined," it said in a statement.

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Broncos and 49ers the latest NFL teams impacted by coronavirus crisis

From left, Denver Broncos quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel during an August training session at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado. Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the NFL season into chaos, with all Denver Broncos quarterbacks sidelined, the San Francisco 49ers left without a home or practice ground and much of the Baltimore Ravens team unavailable, per AP.

Driving the news: The Broncos confirmed in a statement Saturday night that quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles were identified as "high-risk COVID-19 close contacts" and will follow the NFL's mandatory five-day quarantine, making them ineligible for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

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  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: McConnell temporarily halts in-person lunches for GOP caucus.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists.
  5. Cities: Surge in cases forces San Francisco to impose curfew — Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. Sports: NFL bans in-person team activities Monday, Tuesday due to COVID-19 surge — NBA announces new coronavirus protocols.
  7. World: London police arrest more than 150 during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic

Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.