Plane Runs Off Moscow Runway, Catches Fire

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MOSCOW A passenger airliner ran off the runway at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport on Saturday, breaking apart and catching fire.

The Emergency Ministry said 12 people were aboard the Tu-204 and all were rescued but two were in serious condition, according to the state television news channel Vesti.

The channel showed a photo of the wrecked plane's fuselage with the livery of Red Wings airline.

The plane's nose, including the cockpit area, appeared sheared off.

Details on the crash were not immediately clear. Initial reports said the plane crashed while attempting to land, but later reports said it had crashed while taking off. Light snow was falling in Moscow at the time.

The Tu-204 is a twin-engine medium-range jet with a capacity of 210 passengers.



 
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