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A Tupolev Tu-204 Red Wings aircraft departed the runway of Vnukovo Airport and caught fire (photo / video)
The end of the year 2012 comes with a tragedy for the Russian airline Red Wings. A low-cost Tupolev Tu-204 aircraft landed on the runway of Vnukovo Airport and caught fire. Russian sources announce 4 dead and 4 seriously injured, all of them crew members.
After the first research, it seems that this is a pilot error. The plane was coming from the Czech Republic and had to operate an emergency landing. In this process, the aircraft exited the runway, broke into 3 and caught fire. The crash occurred around local time 16: 35 (12: 35 GMT).
The statements are contradictory between Russian officials and international organizations. Some say that there were 12 people, 8 passengers and 4 crew members aboard the plane. Others say there were only 8 people, the crew members.
Vnukovo Airport was closed for 3 hours, and all air travel was diverted to Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo airports. The freeway was blocked to allow the intervention crews access.
The Tupolev Tu-204 aircraft is the equivalent of a Boeing 757. The model was introduced to the market in 1980, replacing the old TU-154 model. It can carry up to 210 passengers, over a distance of 4300 kilometers. To date, Tupolev Tu-204 aircraft have not been involved in casualties.
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