A deportee en route from Spain to Armenia died in Moscow after being hit by the landing gear of a plane taking off on November 20, 2018.

The Aeroflot Boeing 737-800, registered as VP-BCG, was taking off to perform flight SU-2112 from Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) to Athens International Airport (ATH), when the crew reported hitting a foreign object, initially presuming it was a “rabbit or something similar”. They decided to proceed with the flight.

The airport authorities inspected runway 02 and found a dead body, along with personal belongings. He was later identified as a 25-year-old Armenian man that was being deported from Spain, and was in Moscow on transit. Several flights were delayed during the runway inspection.

A source cited by Russian agency Tass says the man flew to Moscow from Madrid. Escorted to gate by the Russian police, the man was about to enter a bus to flight to Erevan, the Armenian capital, when he escaped on the apron. He ran across the runway 2 where he met his fatal fate.

Damages on the fuselage and human remains were found on the Aeroflot plane after it landed in Athens, Interfax reports. Since then, the plane has been grounded.

Moscow Interregional Investigation Department for Transport opened an investigation to evaluate the level of safety at Sheremetyevo airport