Footage has emerged of how close one motoristÂ came to becoming another victim of the deadly Moscow plane crash today.
At least four Russians died when a passengerÂ airliner overshot a runway and broke into pieces at a Moscow airport.
Officials said up to eight people were onÂ board the Tupolev-204 – flight number RWZ9268 -Â as it rolled off theÂ runway at Vnukovo airport and burst through a perimeter fence onto aÂ highway.
Shocking The next minute second, a huge aeroplane wheelÂ hurtles against the car in front along with other debris
The driver’s camera captures the moment theÂ plane crashes into the highway, and you can even make out one one the plane’sÂ wheels hurtling into the vehicle in front.
After a screeching of brakes and loud impactÂ noise, the driver casually brings the car to a halt by the side of theÂ road.
State television news channel Vestishowed a photo of the wrecked plane’s fuselageÂ with the livery of the low-cost Russian Red Wings airline. ItsÂ nose, including the cockpit area, appeared sheared off.
Two people were found dead at the scene,Â while a third victim, a 27-year-old woman, died on the way to hospital. ThreeÂ others were severely injured.
The captain and co-pilotwere among thoseÂ killed, reported Interfax.
The plane was flying in from Pardubice, inÂ the Czech Republic after dropping off tourists and then returning to its homeÂ Moscow base with just crew on board.
A criminal case over possible flight safetyÂ violations has been launched, said official spokesman of Investigative CommitteeÂ Vladimir Markin said.
The preliminary cause of the accident isÂ pilots’ error, he added.
Early reports say the jet,Â crashed at around 16:35 local time (12:35Â GMT). after being forced to make a secondÂ landing attempt.
It rolled out from the runway into KievskoyeÂ Highway, fell into three pieces and caught fire over 100 squareÂ meters.
It has been claimed that vehicles used byÂ Vnukovo firefighters were being repaired so the first emergency crews to appearÂ on the scene arrived at least than 50 minutes after the blaze brokeÂ out.
One motorist told Interfax: ‘There was aÂ front part of the plane lying on half of the highway, the right wing attached toÂ it was on fire.’
Another said: ‘The body of the plane was offÂ the road. It grasped my attention that the plane body was not much damaged andÂ inside, where the passengers should sit, there was nobody, the seats wereÂ empty.”
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,Â is one of the Russian capital’s three international airports.
Source: The Daily Mail