Monday, December 31, 2012

Moscow plane crash death rises to five

The death toll from a plane crash in Moscow has risen to five, Russian state-run media said Sunday 30th December 2012. 

A flight attendant who was among the four wounded has died at a hospital as informed by the Red Wings Airlines.

Families of those killed will be given 1 million rubles, which is about $33,000, in financial aid from the Moscow government, Ria Novosti reported.

The passenger plane overshot a runway at a Moscow airport on Saturday, emergency management officials said. The plane was arriving at Vnukovo International Airport from the Czech Republic when it crashed through a fence, Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations said. 

All eight people on board were crew members. The plane, a Tupolev Tu-204, is capable of carrying 210 people. 

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 on the highway. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered a special commission to be established to investigate, Ria Novosti reported. 

Moscow prosecutors are launching a probe into the airline's compliance with Russian aviation safety rules, the report said.

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