Published On: Sat, Dec 29th, 2012

Four dead in Russian plane crash as airplane overshot runway

Four people have died after a passenger plane overshot an airport runway as it landed in Russia.

The Red Wing Airlines aircraft burst through a perimeter fence on to a motorway next to Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, reports Sky News Saturday.

Moscow plane crash   screenshot of video coverage

Moscow plane crash screenshot of video coverage

Officials said there were eight people aboard the Tu-204 belonging to Russian airline Red Wings that was flying back from the Czech Republic without passengers to its home at Vnukovo Airport.

It broke into pieces and caught fire after crashing. The cockpit of the aircraft was sheared off from the fuselage and a large chunk gashed out near the tail during the impact.

A statement from the Ministry of Healthcare said four of those on board were killed, while four others are suffering from brain injuries.

The crash took place during high winds and a snowstorm, but the cause of the accident is not yet clear.

Prior to Saturday’s crash, there had been no fatal accidents reported for Tu-204s, which entered commercial service in 1995.

The plane is a twin-engine mid-range jet with a capacity of about 210 passengers.

Vnukovo, on the southern outskirts of Moscow, is one of the Russian capital’s three international airports.

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