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Four dead as Russian plane crashes into motorway

Published on Dec 30, 2012 12:16 AM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Four crew were killed Saturday when a Russian airliner crashed into a motorway and broke up into three pieces after overshooting the runway at an international Moscow airport.

The Red Wings airlines Russian-made Tu-204 jet - empty of passengers and carrying just its eight crew - caught fire after crashing through the perimeter fence of Vnukovo airport in the west of the city, officials said.

Wreckage was strewn across the motorway, but there were no immediate reports of any injuries among road users.

The aircraft was returning from the Czech Republic after flying passengers from Moscow to Pardubice airport outside Prague, a Czech airport official said.

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