4 Dead, 4 Critical after Crash Landing at Moscow Airport

December 29, 2012, Saturday // 07:46
Bulgaria: 4 Dead, 4 Critical after Crash Landing at Moscow Airport
The aircraft of the Russian low-cost Red Wings airline skidded off the runway, burst through a perimeter fence onto the Kiev Highway, and its right wing caught fire. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Four people were killed and four others hospitalized in critical condition on Saturday when a Russian passenger jet caught fire after overshooting the runway at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport.

The captain and the co-pilot were among those killed, according to reports of Interfax.

Four seriously injured passengers are being treated at three Moscow-based hospitals, according to ITAR-TASS, as cited by Bulgarian Darik radio.

The Tu-204 plane had eight people on board, all of them crew.

The incident took place at around 16:35 local time.

The plane was flying in from Pardubice, Czech Republic.

The aircraft of the Russian low-cost Red Wings airline skidded off the runway, burst through a perimeter fence onto the Kiev Highway, and its right wing caught fire.

Vladimir Markin, Spokesperson of Russia's Investigative Committee, told journalists that the preliminary version for the plane crash involved a pilot error.

He also made clear that a criminal case over possible flight safety violations had been opened.

Czech airport officials, as cited by ITAR-TASS, claimed that the crew had not reported any technical problems during the stay of the Tu-2014 aircraft in Pardubice.


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