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Plane crash at Moscow airport kills 4; debris lands on highway

By CNN Staff
December 30, 2012 -- Updated 0905 GMT (1705 HKT)
  • NEW: The four survivors are hospitalized with traumatic brain injuries, officials say
  • A total of eight people were on board, all of them crew
  • The airliner overshot a runway and crashed through a fence
  • The cause of the crash is under investigation

Moscow (CNN) -- A passenger plane overshot the runway at a Moscow airport Saturday, killing four of the eight people on board, emergency management officials said.

The Russian Red Wings Airlines flight was arriving to Vnukovo International Airport from the Czech Republic when it crashed through a fence, Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations said.

Four others were injured in the crash of the Tupolev Tu-204 airliner, officials said. As of Sunday morning, the four survivors were hospitalized in Moscow with severe, traumatic brain injuries.

Moscow plane crash caught on video

All eight people on board were crew members. Initial reports indicated 12 people were aboard the plane, but authorities later revised that figure. The plane is capable of carrying 210 people.

Jet overshoots Moscow airport runway

Video taken from a nearby highway shows debris from the plane, including a tire and what looks like a row of seats, flying onto the roadway. No serious injuries were reported from the highway.

The cause of the crash is not known. Officials say the weather, pilot error and technical malfunctions could be possibilities.