I see a russian jet came hurtling down to do a belly flop landing, and burn up on Moscows Sheremetyevo airport .
Couple of observations:
People at the back where the fire was died cos the morons at the front stopped to grab thier hand luggage whilst evacuating.
Pilot says it was a lightning strike. This is odd. Clearly the jet has suffered a catastrophic fire in the tail section., which has then spread forwards.
When lightning strikes an aircraft, the traditional all alumium alloy body acts like a Faraday cage and conducts the bolt round the jet and off the bottom, with no damage. Modern aircraft started using composite materials - layers of resins and carbon fibre with layers of copper foil. This doesnt act as a faraday cage so well, and its possible the composite failed when struck, letting some of the bolt pass thru the jet and igniting a fire. If this is the case, it means these jets arent safe to fly near a thunderhead. This jet is a halfway point, it has composite wings and tail and a metal body. So i wonder if the body was struck and the bolt tracked backwards down the jet until it found a weakness, an entry point, at the junction of the body and tail.
Apart from 9 aircraft being recalled a few years ago because they had cracks in the tail, its otherwise been a reliable aircraft, thers been one or two cockups but thats more to do with rubbish support (one jet was grounded cos he engines were removed for servicing and it was then discovered there was no substitute engines to swap them out with to keep the jet working)
Thers also some confusion, official reports say the plane caught fire upon hard landing and the undercarriage collapsing, but ther is mobile phone footage from passengers showing a fire before the landing.
So, was there a crack in the tail skin that let the bolt penetrate? This is my theory........but i suspect they will deny the fire caught midair, and claim the lightning strike only caused an avionics failure, and the fire was a result of the landing