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Bombing Kills More Than 30 at Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport

Where: Domodedovo International Airport, Moscow, Russian Federation
January 24, 2011 at 12:11 PM | by | ()

Steven Frischling—airline geek, professional photographer and travel security blogger of Flying With Fish—steps in to give us an update on the emergency situation currently playing out in Moscow:

Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport (DME), 26 miles southeast of Moscow and a favorite of low-cost carriers, was torn apart by a bomb blast earlier today at 4:37pm MSK, in the international arrivals lounge area.

The explosion is believed to be set off by at least one suicide bomber, although police postulate that the blast area is potentially from more than one bomb. The blast killed a confirmed 31 people, with more than 130 others injured.

Despite the fact that the explosion quickly filled the airport's single terminal with smoke, causing the airport's evacuation, Domodedovo has now miraculously reopened for flights just a few hours after the deadly terrorist attack. Russian news outlet RT.com reports that flights for this evening are departing on time.

Domodedovo overhauled its security in 2004 following a suicide bombing, carried out by two Chechens who breached security at the airport, then boarded Volga-Aviva Express Flight 1303 and Siberian Airlines Flight 1047. The suicide bombers blew up both aircraft, killing 89 passengers total on the two domestic flights. The security revamp at Domodedovo makes the airport one of the most modern airports in terms of security in Russia. The airport now services an estimated 22,000,000 passengers annually, as the largest airport serving Moscow and as a hub for two major Russian airlines, Transaero and S7.

As with many terrorist attacks on transportation infrastructure, security at DME will be called into question. Despite the fact that this fatal tragedy is likely another targeted Chechen attack on Moscow, we may all encounter security increases at other international airports around the world.

For those who believe your family or friends may have been impacted by the Domodedovo terrorist attack, you can call DME Airport's Emergency Phone Line at +7495 363-61-01 or +7 495 644-40-56.

Not everyone was distressed by today’s terrorist attack at Domodedovo. Russian taxi drivers have jacked up taxi fares at the airport for those seeking to travel from airport to city. Average taxi fares from Domodedovo to Moscow typically run US$50 one-way, whereas this evening they were averaging as high as US$700.

Please check back for more updates as information becomes available.

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[Photo: RIA Novosti / Maxim Grafchikov / RT.com]

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