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Russian Plane Crash Video Captures Moment Of Impact

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Russian plane crash: Dashboard camera footage captured the moment of impact when a passenger plane crashed into a highway near Moscow's Vnukovo Airport Saturday.
Russian plane crash: Dashboard camera footage captured the moment of impact when a passenger plane crashed into a highway near Moscow's Vnukovo Airport Saturday.

Video from a dashboard camera captured the moment of impact when a passenger plane crashed into a highway at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport.

The Red Wings Tu-204 was empty except for crew when it rolled off the runway at Russia's third-busiest airport Saturday, breaking into three pieces and later catching on fire. Cars on the road were hit with debris from the plane.

Of the eight crew members aboard at the time of the crash, five have died, including the pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer and two flight stewards.

Four crew members were pronounced dead at the scene, while a fifth succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash, according to RT.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated. According to SkyNews, it is thought that light snowfall at the time of the crash may have obscured the pilot's view of the runaway, contributing to human error.

Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for Russia's main investigative agency, was quoted by Russian news agencies Sunday as saying the data recorders were being examined, along with fuel samples, the Associated Press reports. Flight documents for the plane have been taken from the airline for examination.

Dashboard cameras are popular in Russia as a way of substantiating claims in court, according to Animal New York.

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