Dec 292012
 

A Russian passenger plane of the low-cost airline Red Wings veered off runway and caught fire near a highway after making a crash landing at Moscow-Vnukovo airport on Saturday . Four people died in the crash (scroll down for video)

Red Wings Airlines Tupolev Plane Ran Off Runway and Crashed Near Freeway at Vnukovo Airport, in Russia. Photo: Twitter

Red Wings Airlines Tupolev Plane Ran Off Runway and Crashed Near Freeway at Vnukovo Airport, in Russia. Photo: Twitter

Of the twelve people on board Tupolev jet, four have died, according to RIA Novosti. Authorities confirmed that four other people were injured and are in critical condition. The jet was carrying no passengers on board, but only crew. Two people were found dead on the scene, while three others were taken to hospital in critical condition. One person died en route to hospital.

The captain, co-pilot, flight engineer and a flight attendant are among those who were killed in the accident. Russian authorities believe the crash was caused by a pilot error.

A driver managed to capture on tape the dramatic moment of impact of the Tupolev plane which violently hit the freeway near Vnukovo airport. The video shows how one wheel coming from landing gear of the wrecked aircraft, impacted a moving vehicle that is deflected into the median barrier.

Media in Russia said that fire trucks at Vnukovo were under maintenance when the tragedy struck, so the emergency crews appeared on the scene 50 minutes after the fire started.

The plane, a Tupolev 204 type, came from Pardubice, Czech Republic.

Wreckage: Red Wings jet breaks in three after crash landing. (Image from usolt.livejournal.com)

Wreckage: Red Wings jet breaks in three after crash landing. (Image from usolt.livejournal.com)

“Only the crew were onboard. No Czech nationals were involved in the incident. Before take-off in Czech Republic, the company verified the aircraft’s systems which appeared to function normally,” revealed press service at Pardubice airport.

According to preliminary reports, the plane, which is part of low-cost Russian Red Wings fleet crashed after making a second landing attempt. It swerved off runway, reached highway Kievskoye, broke into three pieces and caught fire. The causes of the accident are not known yet.

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry confirmed that the plane was forced to make an emergency landing. Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev urged the authorities to investigate the accident.

Video: Red Wings passenger aircraft crash lands, breaks at Moscow Airport

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