A passenger jet crashed into a highway after making a hard landing at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport.
At least four people were killed and four critically injured, says the Interior Ministry. Officials believe the cause could be pilot error.
Two people were found dead at the scene of the TU-204 jet crash, 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 â three flight attendants and a technical staff â remain in a critical condition. They have sustained traumatic brain injuries, say medical officials.
By midnight the wreckage of the plane had been cleared and the traffic on the Kievskoye Highway fully restored.
The plane was flying in from Pardubice, the Czech Republic, and was carrying eight to twelve people according to various reports. Vnukovo Airport says that everyone onboard were the crew. Pardubice Airport confirms that:
âThere was only the crew aboard. No Czech nationals were among them. Before taking off the operating company checked all the plane's systems and said they were functioning normally,â Pardubice's press-service told Gazeta.ru. The service added the plane, tail number RA-64047, had taken tourists to Pardubice and was going back without any passengers.
Two more people might have been on board the crashed plane as ten people had registered for the flight, reports Interfax citing sources. But as emergency crews wrapped up their search operation, they failed to find anybody else. It appears that passers-by could have rushed at least one injured person to hospital on their own car, some reports suggest.
A video showing the moment of the jet crash has appeared on YouTube. Filmed by a dashboard camera from a passing-by vehicle, it videoed the exact moment of the crash-landing on the Kievskoye Highway.