No Paying Passengers On Board
Updated, 10 pm Eastern: DashCam video taken on highway as plane crashes added. Scroll down.
Update #2, Sunday 10 am: Death count rises and additional video posted. Scroll down.
A RED WINGS AIRLINES TU-204 airliner crashed Saturday afternoon after overrunning the runway at Moscow Vnukovo International Airport following a flight from the Czech Republic. The aircraft broke up and caught fire after landing on a highway. The plane was returning to the airline's base at Vnukovo after taking a charter group to Czech. There were no paying passeners on board, but 8 crew members were and 4 of them were reported to have been killed.
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Russia Today is reporting:
The incident took place at around 16:35 local time (12:35 GMT). Preliminary reports say the jet, which belongs to Russian low-cost airline Red Wings, crashed after taking a second landing attempt. It rolled out from the runway into Kievskoye Highway, fell into three pieces and caught fire. The fire area of 100 square meters was extinguished by firefighters, officials said.
Two people were reportedly found dead at the scene, while a 27-year-old woman died on the way to hospital. Whether the fourth person died at the scene or in the ambulance remains unclear. Those killed are the captain, the co-pilot, the flight engineer and a flight attendant, the Emergencies Ministry declared.
Four people taken to Moscow hospitals – three flight attendants and a technical staff – remain in a critical condition. They have sustained traumatic brain injuries, say medical officials.
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Read the full story with additional photos HERE.
Russia Today also filed this comprehensive video report:
Update, 10 pm:
A passenger car traveling on the highway had a dashcam rolling when the plane crashed into the area immediately below. The video shows the highway as plane parts come flying across the traffic lanes and impacting the passing cars. Vid includes the sound:
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Update #2, Sunday 10 am Eastern:
It is reported that one of the early survivors has succombed to her injuries. One of four crew members who intially survived the crash, a female flight attendant died at the hospital during the night.
Russia Today has also posted and informative video update on the crash:
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