4 Killed when Passenger Plane Skidded Off Runway, Broke Apart, Caught Fire in Russia

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MOSCOW (AP) - A passenger airliner careered off the runway at Russia's third-busiest airport while landing on Saturday, broke into pieces and caught fire, killing at least four people.

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.

Emergency officials said in a televised news conference that four people were killed and another four severely injured when the plane rolled off the runway into a snowy field and disintegrated.

The crash occurred amid light snow, but other details were not immediately known.

The state news agency RIA Novosti cited an unidentified official at the Russian Aviation Agency as saying another Red Wings Tu-204 had gone off the runway at the international airport in Novosibirsk in Siberia on Dec. 20.

The agency said that incident, in which no one was injured, was due to the failure of the plane's engines to go into reverse upon landing.


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