The terrifying moment when a Tu-204 jet crashed onto a highway in Moscow, has been caught on film by a vehicle with a camera mounted on its dashboard, as it drove adjacent to the airport.
The jet was carrying eight crew members and belonged to Russian airline Red Wings. It had careered off the runway as it came into land at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, as reported in Digital Journal on Saturday. The crash killed four people instantly and a fifth crew member died on Sunday. The three survivors remain in a critical condition in a Moscow hospital.
The footage, captured from a vehicle driving along the motorway, shows wheels, suitcases and other debris hurtling across the carriageway and slamming into the side of a car just in front of the camera-mounted vehicle. It appears from the footage that both vehicles affected by the crash got away lightly.
The Red Wings jet had just completed a flight from the Czech Republic when it experienced difficulty upon landing at Moscow's third-busiest airport. The cockpit of the aircraft was torn away from the fuselage. Aircraft investigators are examining the black box flight recorders in an effort to find out why the aircraft crashed, reports The Guardian.
Sky News reports, the pilot had plenty of experience with thousands of hours of flying time and the Tu-204 jet has never been involved in any fatal crashes since it was launched in 1995.