Three Die, 83 Hurt in Moscow Plane Crash
The aircraft, a Tupolev Tu-154 flown by Dagestan Airlines, was carrying at least 155 passengers when it made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff, skidded off a snowy runway and broke apart, reported the New York Times.
Two engines had failed and a third cut out as the plane landed, officials said.
The plane had taken off from another Moscow airport and was en route to Makhachkala, the capital of southern Russia's Dagestan region.
The Tu-154 was the workhorse aircraft of the Soviet era, but Aeroflot, a Russian carrier, stopped using it due to a series of crashes.
The CCTV footage below shows the aircraft skidding off the runway, as well as some video of the ripped-apart plane.
AFP is reporting that human error is to blame for the crash. Sources are saying the crew decided to take off despite two defects on the plane, but so far have not elaborated on what exactly the cause was.
Photo of an Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-154M, Dmitry A. Mottl, Wikimedia Commons
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