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Malaysia Airlines steward Sanjid Singh changed shifts to fly on the plane which crashed in Ukraine on Thursday – months after such a swap saved his wife from a similar fate in MH370 tragedy.
Sanjid Singh, 40, was one of the 15 crew members on the Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The plane was carrying 298 people.
In an extraordinary twist of fate, Sanjid Singh’s wife, also a flight attendant, had switched from Malaysian jet MH370 which vanished en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8 with 239 passengers on board, according to a report in The Malaysian Insider.
Malaysia Airlines steward Sanjid Singh changed shifts to fly on the plane which crashed in Ukraine
“Sanjid’s wife was meant to fly on MH370 but swapped with another colleague at the last minute,” Jijar Singh, the steward’s father, told the newspaper.
Sanjid Singh lived with his wife and their seven-year-old son in Kuala Lumpur.
“He was last here [in Penang] about a month ago. He told us recently that he swapped with a colleague for the return Amsterdam-Kuala Lumpur flight,” Jijar Singh said.
Jijar Singh said his son had been expected to visit them after his return from Amsterdam.
“His mother had prepared all his favorite dishes,” he said.
Jijar Singh’s daughter, who lives in Italy, informed him of the crash early on Friday, after learning of her brother’s death four hours earlier.
“I have undergone two heart bypasses. Our daughter waited until four in the morning to tell us. She dare not tell us earlier. I am 71 and she [Sanjid’s mother] is 73. We are in such a state. My whole body is shivering,” Jijar Singh told the newspaper.
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Ukrainian authorities intercepted phone conversations between pro-Russian rebels and what appear to be Russian military officers saying that separatists shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
The Ukrainian Security Service put the Russian-language conversations on YouTube within hours of the crash.
However, the veracity of the recordings cannot be confirmed.
[Male voice, identified as separatist leader Igor Bezler]: The group of the Miner [an alias] has just shot down a plane, which came down just behind Yenakiyevo.
[Col. Vasily Geranin]: Pilots. Where are the pilots?
[Igor Bezler]: Gone to search for and photograph the plane. It’s smoking.
[Second male voice, identified as Russian military intelligence Colonel Vasily Geranin]: How many minutes ago?
[Igor Bezler]: About 30 minutes ago.
Ukrainian authorities intercepted phone conversations between pro-Russian rebels and what appear to be Russian military officers saying that separatists shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17
[Male voice, captioned as “The Greek”]: Yes, Major.
[Major]: Well, the Chernukhino lads shot down the plane.
[Greek]: Who shot it down?
[Major]: From the Chernukhino roadblock. The Cossacks at Chernukhino.
[Greek]: Yes, Major.
[Major]: Well, the plane fell apart in the air, near the Pertropavlovskaya coal mine. The first casualty 200 [military jargon for dead body] has been found. A civilian.
[Greek]: Well, what do you have there?
[Major]: Basically it was 100% a civilian aircraft.
[Greek]: Are many people there?
[Major] [Curses]: The debris fell right into backyard.
[Greek]: What kind of aircraft?
[Major]: I have not figured this out yet because I haven’t been close to the main body of the debris. I am only looking where the first bodies began to fall. There are the remnants of inner brackets, chairs and bodies there.
[Greek]: I see. Any weaponry there?
[Major]: Nothing at all. Civilian things, medical bits and bobs, towels, toilet paper.
[Greek]: Any documents?
[Major]: Yes. From an Indonesian student. From Thompson University [curses].
[Male voice, identified as a fighter]: Regarding the plane shot down in the area of Snezhnoye-Torez. It’s a civilian one. Fell down near Grabovo. There are lots of corpses of women and children. The Cossacks are out there looking at all this.
They say on TV it’s a Ukrainian AN-26 transport plane, but they say it’s got Malaysia Airlines written on the plane. What was it doing in Ukrainian territory?
[Male voice, identified as Cossack commander Nikolai Kozitsyn]: That means they were carrying spies. They shouldn’t be [curses] flying. There is a war going on.
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Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have announced they will give international investigators access to the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet.
The rebels vowed to secure the site and allow the recovery of bodies, the Organization for the Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said.
Malaysia Airlines plane, carrying 298 people, crashed in rebel-held territory on Thursday.
The two sides in Ukraine’s civil conflict have accused each other of shooting the jet down with a missile.
The Boeing 777 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. It fell between Krasni Luch in Luhansk region and Shakhtarsk in the neighboring region of Donetsk.
Malaysia Airlines said flight MH17 was carrying at least 154 Dutch nationals, 27 Australians, 43 Malaysians (including 15 crew), 12 Indonesians and nine Britons.
Other passengers came from Germany, Belgium, the Philippines and Canada. The dead include world-renowned Dutch researcher Joep Lange who was among a number of passengers en route to an international AIDS conference in Australia.
Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine have announced they will give international investigators access to the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines jet
It is the second disaster suffered by Malaysia Airlines this year. Flight MH370 disappeared en route from Malaysia to China in March and has still not been found.
The separatists pledged to provide assistance in the crash probe after holding a video conference with senior representatives from the OSCE, Ukraine and Russia.
In a statement, the OSCE said the rebels had agreed to “close off the site of the catastrophe and allow local authorities to start preparations for the recovery of bodies”.
They would also provide “safe access” to international investigators and OSCE monitors and co-operate with Ukrainian authorities.
Ukraine has declared the area a no-fly zone, while other airlines have announced they are now setting flight paths to avoid eastern Ukraine.
Describing the disaster as a “tragic day” in a “tragic year”, Malaysian PM Najib Razak earlier said the investigation “must not be hindered in any way”.
Rescue workers said on Friday they had recovered one of the plane’s black box flight recorders after searching through debris spread across several miles.
The Interfax-Ukraine news agency earlier reported that another black box was found by separatist fighters and handed over to Moscow. Observers say the move, if confirmed, is likely to cause international controversy.
US and Ukrainian officials said they believed the plane had been brought down by a missile – a Buk missile system said to have been used by the rebels in Ukraine before.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko called the disaster an “act of terrorism”.
Ukrainian authorities have released what they say are intercepted phone conversations that proved the plane was shot down by pro-Russian separatists.
The rebels were said to have seized the Buk after overrunning a Ukrainian military base.
However, Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Vitaliy Yarema has cast doubt on this, telling local media: “The military told the president after the passenger plane had been shot down that the terrorists did not possess our Buk missile systems.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed the Ukraine government for restarting military operations in the area, where it is trying to regain control from pro-Russian rebels.
“The country in whose airspace this happened bears responsibility for it,” he said.
Russia has called for a “thorough and unbiased” investigation, adding that the tragedy also highlighted a need for a swift end to the Ukrainian conflict.
Separatist leader Alexander Borodai also accused the Ukrainian government of downing the airliner.
Ukraine’s defense ministry said there were no air force jets in the area and no surface-to-air systems being used against the rebels.
Ukraine has accused Russia’s military of supplying advanced missiles to the rebels.
Earlier on Thursday, Ukrainian officials blamed the Russian air force for shooting down one of its ground attack jets on Wednesday, and a transport plane on Monday.
The UN Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting on the disaster on Friday morning in New York.
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All 295 people on board of Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight are believed dead as the plane crashed in east Ukraine, amid claims of a missile attack.
There are no signs of survivors on the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur at the scene of the crash near the village of Grabovo, in rebel-held territory close to the border with Russia.
Both sides in Ukraine’s civil conflict accused each other of shooting down the plane with a missile. It is still not clear why the plane came down.
It is the second disaster suffered by Malaysia Airlines this year.
Flight MH370 disappeared en route from Malaysia to China in April and still has not been found.
At a news conference at Schiphol airport, Malaysia Airlines’ European chief Huib Gorter said that of the passengers that have been identified there were:
- 154 Dutch nationals, 27 Australians, 23 Malaysians, 11 Indonesians
- Six Britons, four Germans, four Belgians, three from the Philippines and one Canadian
- All 15 of the crew were Malaysian
Other airlines have announced they are now avoiding eastern Ukraine.
There are no signs of survivors at the scene of MH17 crash near the village of Grabovo
Malaysian PM Najib Razak spoke of his shock and said he was launching an immediate inquiry into the crash.
“This is a tragic day in what has already been a tragic year for Malaysia,” he said.
US and Ukrainian officials said they believed the plane had been brought down by a missile.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said it was an “act of terrorism”.
Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin also said he had intercepted phone conversations that proved the plane was shot down by pro-Russian separatists.
Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the Ukraine government for restarting military operations in the area, where it is trying to regain control from pro-Russian rebels.
“The country in whose airspace this happened bears responsibility for it,” he said.
Separatist leader Alexander Borodai accused the Ukrainian government of downing the airliner.
Ukraine’s defense ministry issued a statement saying there were no air force jets in the area and no surface-to-air systems being used against the rebels.
The plane fell between Krasni Luch in Luhansk region and Shakhtarsk in the neighboring region of Donetsk.
At least 100 bodies have been found so far at the scene, an emergency services worker told Reuters news agency, with wreckage spread across an area of up to about 9 miles in diameter.
Broken pieces of the wings were marked with the blue and red paint of Malaysian Airlines.
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Ukrainian authorities have closed the airspace in the east of the country to all airline flights, the European flight safety body, Eurocontrol, has announced.
Eurocontrol said all flight plans that use routes in the area are being rejected.
It follows the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 with 295 people on board, amid claims it was shot down.
Flights already airborne are being routed around the area by air traffic control in the region, a Department for Transport spokesperson said.
Flight MH17 was on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it came down near the village of Grabovo.
The European Cockpit Association (ECA), which represents more than 38,000 European pilots, said the route flown by the crashed Malaysian aircraft was “the most common route for flights from Europe to South East Asia”.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 with 295 people on board crashed in Ukraine, near Russian border
Airline Emirates said its flight EK171 from Dubai to Kiev had returned to Dubai “due to the safety concerns raised with the latest reports on Malaysian flight MH17”.
It added that its flights to Kiev were suspended “with immediate effect, till further notice”.
Emirates said its flights to and from the US and other European destinations used a different route and were outside the zone where the incident involving MH17 occurred.
Lufthansa said it had decided to “fly a wide detour around east Ukrainian airspace with immediate effect”.
The airline said the decision would affect four of its flights on Thursday.
Similarly, Virgin Atlantic said it would re-route “a small number” of its flights on Thursday, following the incident.
British Airways said its flights did not use Ukrainian airspace, with the exception of a once-a-day service between Heathrow and Kiev.
A spokesman for BA said they were keeping those services under review, but that “Kiev is several hundred kilometres from the incident site”.
Abu Dhabi based Etihad said it was unaffected as its planes didn’t fly over the space.
KLM said that as a precautionary measure it already avoided flying over the concerned territory.
And Russian airline Aeroflot said its London to Moscow flights would experience a delay of 30 to 40 minutes on Thursday.
Turkish Airlines has said all of its flights would avoid Ukrainian airspace, while Italy’s Alitalia and Air France said they would divert their flights away from eastern Ukrainian airspace.
France’s junior transport minister Frederic Cuvillier said he had told “French airlines to avoid Ukraine’s air space as long as the reasons behind this catastrophe are not known.”
Flight MH17 had been due to enter Russian airspace when contact was lost.
Both the Ukrainian government and rebels have denied shooting it down in the region close to the Russian border.
Eurocontrol said the aircraft had been flying at Flight Level 330 (approximately 33,000 feet) when it disappeared from the radar.
This route had been closed by the Ukrainian authorities from ground to flight level 320 but had been open at the height level at which the aircraft was flying.
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A Malaysia Airlines plane reportedly with 295 people on board has crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border, on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia Airlines said it had lost contact with Flight MH17 from Amsterdam and the last known position was over Ukraine, it said in a tweet.
Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane has been found burning on the ground in east Ukraine
An aviation source in Moscow told Reuters the plane had been found burning on the ground in east Ukraine.
Pro-Russian separatist rebels have been fighting government forces in the region.
A number of Ukrainian military planes have been shot down by missiles in recent weeks, with Ukraine accusing Russia’s military of supplying advanced missiles to the rebels.
Earlier on Thursday, Ukrainian officials accused the Russian air force of shooting down one of its ground attack jets on Wednesday.
Anton Herashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, was quoted by the Associated Press as saying the plane had been hit by a missile at an altitude of 33,000ft. The claim could not be verified independently.
The source which spoke to Reuters said the plane had failed to enter Russian airspace.
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A plane carrying members of a parachute club crashed in southern Poland killing 11 people.
Rescue workers said only one of the 12 people on board survived and had suffered serious injuries.
Eleven people have been killed when the Polish plane carrying members of a parachute club crashed near Czestochowa (photo AP)
The Piper Navajo light aircraft had just taken off from an airfield in Rudniki near Czestochowa. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.
Witnesses said the plane’s engines had made an odd, droning sound before it began to fall from the sky.
Police spokeswoman Joanna Lazar said local people had helped to rescue the sole survivor.
“We have established that just after the crash local residents came running towards the wreckage and helped to save one of the passengers from the plane. A 40-year-old man was taken to hospital.”
Polish police and prosecutors have launched an investigation into the crash.
A military plane with Laos’ Defense Minister and Deputy PM Douangchay Phichit and other senior officials on board has crashed in the north of the country.
The plane crashed in the province of Xiangkhouang, nearly 300 miles from the capital Vientiane where its journey began.
A military plane with Laos’ Defense Minister and Deputy PM Douangchay Phichit and other senior officials on board has crashed in the north of the country
About 20 people, including the mayor of Vientiane and public security minister, are thought to have been on board.
According to local reports, five bodies have been found at the scene. Other reports say up to three passengers had survived.
Major General Douangchay Phichit is reportedly dead.
The officials are believed to have been travelling to an official ceremony in Xieng Khouang for the 55th anniversary of the Second Division of the Lao People’s Army.
Laos, a landlocked country of about seven million people, has an authoritarian communist one-party government and is one of Asia’s poorest nations.
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A tug boat ferrying a large object at sea has been mistaken for a crashed plane off the Spanish Island of Gran Canaria.
The tug boat ferrying a large object at sea has been mistaken for a crashed plane off the Spanish Island of Gran Canaria
Local media said an aircraft had plunged into the sea close to the island and rescue services were sent to the scene.
The Spanish authorities quickly revealed the alert was a false alarm.
Pictures of a tug boat taken from the shore showed a large white structure that at a distance resembled an aircraft’s fuselage.
Five skydivers have been killed after their light plane crashed at an airfield in Queensland, eastern Australia.
The Cessna 206 hit the ground and burst into flames shortly after take-off on Saturday at Caboolture Airport, north of Brisbane.
The Cessna 206 hit the ground and burst into flames shortly after take-off on Saturday at Caboolture Airport (photo Channel Nine News)
The pilot, two skydiving instructors and two skydiving customers were killed, police said.
Family members witnessed the crash from the ground, they said.
The flight was operated by Adrenalin Skydivers Bribie, also known as Skydive Bribie Island, a spokesman told the Sydney Morning Herald, which carried pictures of the crash site.
“We received a call from the airfield and sent three crews to a light plane that had crashed,” a Queensland Fire and Rescue Service official told Agence France-Presse.
Caboolture is about 31 miles north of Brisbane.
The airport was closed after the crash.
The Sydney Morning Herald says the airport has only grass strips and operates gliders, helicopters and light aircraft.
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Eleven people on board of a Libyan military plane carrying doctors and patients died after the aircraft has crashed in Tunisia, officials say.
The Antonov plane came down in a field near Grombalia, about 25 miles south of Tunis.
The plane was carrying three doctors, two patients and six crew, a Tunisian rescue worker said.
The Antonov plane came down in a field near Grombalia, about 25 miles south of Tunis
Correspondents say that Libyans often travel to Tunisia for medical treatment.
The crash is said to have resulted from engine failure.
“The whole plane was completely burnt out. The emergency services went to the crash site and recovered the charred bodies,” said emergency services spokesman Mongi El Kadhi.
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A military transport plane has crashed in the north-east of Algeria, killing 103 people, local media say.
The Algerian plane crashed in a mountainous area in Oum al-Bouaghi province, said private TV station Ennahar.
Its source said that contact was lost with the military plane between Constantine and Oum al-Bouaghi.
The Algerian plane crashed in a mountainous area in Oum al-Bouaghi province
There are reports that the plane was carrying military personnel and family members.
There has been no official confirmation from the army as yet.
Ennahar reports that ambulances have been dispatched to the crash zone, which is some 240 miles east of the capital Algiers.
Technical problems and possible pilot error are responsible for the plane crash that killed Jenni Rivera last year, Mexican authorities said.
Jenni Rivera, 43, perished along with four members of her entourage and two pilots when the Learjet she was travelling in crashed in Mexico on December 9, 2012.
Officials at Mexico’s General Civil Aviation Administration have now published a report into what caused the accident, just days before the first anniversary of the tragedy.
Technical problems and possible pilot error are responsible for the plane crash that killed Jenni Rivera last year
A “series of factors” has been pinpointed as possible causes, including the age of the plane, which was more than 40-years old.
The aircraft was too badly damaged for conclusive findings, according to the report.
The investigation also mentioned the age of the pilots – one was 78, the other just 21 – as possible risk factors, and revealed the plane suffered a “sudden and abrupt lack of control” which caused a sheer vertical drop. This could have been caused by mechanical failure, according to the findings.
The report ruled out weather conditions or a fire/explosion onboard the plane as possible factors in the crash that killed Jenni Rivera.
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Nine skydivers and two pilots escaped as their planes crashed in midair, turning one of the aircraft into a “fireball”.
Four skydivers were preparing to jump when their plane collided with another, carrying five skydivers, at 12,000ft in the state of Wisconsin.
All the skydivers safely jumped. One pilot ejected with a parachute and the other safely landed the second plane.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating Saturday’s near tragedy.
All of the skydivers were either instructors or coaches who have completed hundreds of previous jumps.
Nine skydivers and two pilots escaped as their planes crashed in midair
Instructor Mike Robinson, 64, said that he and three other skydivers had climbed out on to the step of the Cessna 182 in preparation for their jump.
“We were just a few seconds away from having a normal skydive when the trail plane came over the top of the lead aircraft and came down on top of it,” he said.
“It turned into a big flash fireball, and the wing separated. All of us knew we had a crash. The wing over our head was gone, so we just left.”
Mike Robinson watched as the aircraft fell in pieces from the sky.
The pilot of the plane, who ejected with a parachute that could not be steered, suffered minor injuries.
The second pilot landed the plane safely at Richard I Bong Airport, Douglas County.
A witness on the ground told the Duluth News Tribune he heard a “boom and looked up and there’s a fireball and smoke”.
Braydon Kurtz said one plane “was circling down and one was going down straight”.
Mike Robinson said while everyone responded professionally and quickly, they were lucky to have been in place to jump when the collision happened.
“It might’ve been a lot worse,” he said.
“Everybody, to a person, responded just as they should, including the pilots.”
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A small tourist plane crashed near the city of Namur in south-east Belgium killing at least 10 people.
The plane was carrying a group of skydivers and crashed shortly after take-off, killing all on board, the local mayor has told the AFP news agency.
The plane was carrying a group of skydivers and crashed shortly after take-off, killing all on board
The aicraft is thought to have taken off from the Temploux aerodrome and crashed around 10 minutes later in a field.
Its wing appears to have suffered some damage, Belgian media report.
The small plane came down near the village of Marchovelette, 6 miles from Namur.
“I just saw a plane lose its right wing in mid-flight and crash. I heard a massive ‘bang’ towards the south of Marchovelette,” one witness told Belgian television.
“I didn’t see anyone escape with a parachute,” the witness added.
A third victim of Asiana Airlines plane crash landing, a Chinese girl, has died from her injuries, a San Francisco hospital has announced.
She was among about a dozen injured still in hospital after Asiana flight 214 struck a sea wall as it approached the airport too low last week.
Meanwhile officials confirm another victim was hit by a fire truck as she lay on the tarmac, police say.
Ye Mengyuan, 16, was found covered in fire-fighting foam in the tyre tracks of the truck.
It is not clear if she was still alive when it hit her.
A third victim of Asiana Airlines plane crash landing, a Chinese girl, has died from her injuries
Dozens of passengers were also wounded, although most suffered minor injuries.
Ye Mengyuan’s cause of death has not yet been established, but county coroners have suggested their findings could be released next week.
“We know for sure she was at least run over one time, but at the time she was under foam, so nobody could have seen her,” San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Ye Mengyuan and another Chinese 16-year-old who died, Wang Linjia, had been in the rear of the plane, where many of the most seriously injured passengers were seated. Their bodies were found on the tarmac.
The third victim’s name and age were not released at the request of her parents.
About a dozen passengers remain in hospital on Friday, including three in critical condition.
The plane came in much too shallow last Saturday before its main landing gear struck a sea wall well short of the end of the runway. The tail of the 777 was ripped off.
The plane went into a 360-degree spin before coming to rest.
Officials have said that pilots only realized the plane was flying too slowly seconds before the crash.
The pilot, who was about half way through his training, pushed the throttles to speed up and then tried to abort the landing, but it was too late.
Family members of the people who perished alongside Jenni Rivera in a gruesome plane crash last month have just filed a lawsuit – blaming the plane’s owners for negligence.
They are also going after Jenni Rivera’s company for money, calling the plane “a bucket of bolts”.
Relatives of Arturo Rivera (Jenni Rivera’s publicist), Jacobo “Jacob” Yebale (her makeup artist), Jorge Armando Sanchez Vasquez (her stylist), and Mario Macias Pacheco (her lawyer) have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Starwood Management, the owner of the Learjet that was carrying Jenni and her entourage when it crashed into the mountains of Northern Mexico, killing everyone on board.
Family members of the people who perished alongside Jenni Rivera in a plane crash last month have just filed a lawsuit, blaming the plane’s owners for negligence
According to the lawsuit, the families claim Starwood negligently allowed the plane to take off that fateful day – among other things, they say the 78-year-old pilot was not licensed to fly “passengers for hire”. They also say the pilot didn’t have an instrument flight rule license, something that was necessary at 35,000 feet.
The families are also suing Jenni Rivera’s company for the same negligence. They want unspecified damages.
As we reported the DEA has been investigating Starwood Management and its planes for a while now, and even seized two of the company’s planes early last year.
Jenni Rivera’s plane – a 1969 Learjet 25 – had reportedly logged 43 years worth of flights and been previously damaged in an accident back in 2005. An exec at Starwood said the plane was perfectly maintained.
A video of Moscow plane crash has emerged showing how close one motorist came to becoming another victim of the deadly event.
At least four Russians died when a passenger airliner overshot a runway and broke into pieces Vnukovo airport.
Officials said up to eight people were on board the Tupolev-204 – flight number RWZ9268 – as it rolled off the runway at Vnukovo airport and burst through a perimeter fence onto a highway.
And this incredible video shows how a casual weekend drive could have resulted in catastrophic consequences.
The driver’s camera captures the moment the plane crashes into the highway, and you can even make out one the plane’s wheels hurtling into the vehicle in front.
After a screeching of brakes and loud impact noise, the driver casually brings the car to a halt by the side of the road.
State television news channel Vestishowed a photo of the wrecked plane’s fuselage with the livery of the low-cost Russian Red Wings airline. Its nose, including the cockpit area, appeared sheared off.
A video of Moscow plane crash has emerged showing how close one motorist came to becoming another victim of the deadly event
Two people were found dead at the scene, while a third victim, a 27-year-old woman, died on the way to hospital. Three others were severely injured.
The captain and co-pilot were among those killed, reported Interfax.
Interior Ministry officials believe the cause of the crash could be pilot error. Light snow was falling in Moscow at the time.
The plane was flying in from Pardubice, in the Czech Republic after dropping off tourists and then returning to its home Moscow base with just crew on board.
A criminal case over possible flight safety violations has been launched, said official spokesman of Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin said.
The preliminary cause of the accident is pilots’ error, he added.
Early reports say the jet, crashed at around 16:35 local time after being forced to make a second landing attempt.
It rolled out from the runway into Kievskoye Highway, fell into three pieces and caught fire over 100 square meters.
It has been claimed that vehicles used by Vnukovo firefighters were being repaired so the first emergency crews to appear on the scene arrived at least than 50 minutes after the blaze broke out.
One motorist told Interfax: “There was a front part of the plane lying on half of the highway, the right wing attached to it was on fire.”
Another said: “The body of the plane was off the road. It grasped my attention that the plane body was not much damaged and inside, where the passengers should sit, there was nobody, the seats were empty.”
Prior to Saturday’s crash, there had been no fatal accidents reported for Tu-204s, which entered commercial service in 1995. The plane is a twin-engine mid-range jet with a capacity of about 210 passengers.
Vnukovo, on the southern outskirts of Moscow, is one of the Russian capital’s three international airports.
A Kazakh military plane said to be carrying senior security officials has crashed in the south of the country, killing all on board.
Twenty-seven people were on the flight, which went down near the city of Shymkent, officials said.
A regional emergencies head told Ria news agency the plane had been completely destroyed.
The Antonov An-72 plane was carrying border service officers, including acting head Turganbek Stambekov.
KTK TV said the plane had disappeared from radar shortly before 19:00 Kazakhstan time (13:00 GMT) as it was making its descent near Shymkent, which is the main Kazakh city in the south, some 75 miles (120km) north of the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.
Eyewitnesses told KTK that the plane fell from a height of 800 m (2,600 ft), causing a loud explosion.
A resident identified as Baurzhan Dosov described a big fire, adding that military hats were strewn around the crash site.
The plane went down 12 miles (20 km) from Shymkent aiport in what correspondents told KTK was very bad weather.
“There was no need for rescuers’ help. Only fragments remain,” the head of Kazakhstan’s regional emergencies department, Valikhan Derezhepov, told Ria news agency.
Seven crew and 20 military personnel were on board the military transport plane, Kazakhstan’s Committee for National Security said in a statement.
Interfax-Kazakhstan said that one of Col. Turganbek Stambekov’s deputies and several regional border service commanders were also on the flight, from the Kazakh capital, Astana, to Shymkent.
Col. Turganbek Stambekov was made acting head of the service in June, weeks after 14 border troops were found dead at a burnt-out border post near Kazakhstan’s southern frontier with China. The incident prompted his predecessor to resign.
Another border guard was jailed for life for his alleged role in the incident at the Arkankergen post near Almaty, after he had reportedly confessed to the authorities.
He later said he had been forced into making the confession.
Family and friends have paid their final respects to Jenni Rivera, ten days after the Mexican-American singer’s death in a plane crash.
Jenni Rivera’s children were among 6,000 mourners who attended the service at Gibson Amphitheatre, Los Angeles.
Jenni Rivera was born in California in 1969 to Mexican parents and sold more than 15 million records of norteno and banda music.
The singer died when the plane she was travelling in came down in northern Mexico on 9 December.
Dressed in white, Jenni Rivera’s family led the memorial service as images of the singer played on three large screens.
“We’re not here to mourn the death,” her son Michael, 21, told more than 6,000 mourners who packed the theatre for the service lasting nearly two-and-a-half-hours.
“We’re here to celebrate the life and graduation of a singer, an entertainer, a diva, a fighter, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and more than anything, a mother – the best mother.”
Michael Rivera then called for 27 seconds of silence for the victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Family and friends have paid their final respects to Jenni Rivera, ten days after the singer’s death in a plane crash
The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Jenni Rivera was known as the “diva de la banda”. She sold about 15 million albums and earned a slew of Latin Grammy nominations during her 17-year career.
Most of her music was about her misfortunes in love and she was especially well-loved by her fans for the way she talked openly about her troubles.
“Jenni made it OK for women to be who they are,” said her manager, Pete Salgado.
“Jenni also made it OK to be from nothing, with the hopes of being something.”
Jenni Rivera’s second husband, Juan Lopez, died in 2009, six years after the couple divorced in 2003.
Their youngest child, 11-year-old Johnny, said: “Mama, I’ve been crying so much these last few days. I miss you so much.
“I hope you’re taking care of my dad and I hope he’s taking care of you, too.”
Among the mourners to attend the service were Mexican singers Marco Antonio Solis and Ana Gabriel and actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Kate del Castillo.
Thousands of fans lined up to lay white roses on top of Jenni Rivera’s bright red coffin at the end of the service.
One fan, Veronika Flores, drove nearly eight hours from her home in Woodland, California, to be united with other fans at the service.
“I just came to say goodbye to a Latina woman, La Gran Senora,” she said, using the name of one of Rivera’s popular songs.
The family asked that Latin radio stations play Jenni Rivera’s song La Gran Senora at noon Thursday in her honor.
Jenni Rivera recently divorced her third husband, Esteban Loaiza, a professional baseball player who has played for the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The plane crash in Nuevo Leon on December 9 which killed Jenni Rivera and six others remains under investigation.
Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera has died in a plane crash in northern Mexico, her father has confirmed.
Pedro Rivera, flanked by his two sons, told Mexican TV that all seven of those people on board the plane, including two pilots, had died.
Officials earlier said they had found wreckage believed to be that of the singer’s Learjet in Nuevo Leon state.
Jenni Rivera, born in California in 1969 to Mexican parents, has sold more than 15 million records of Norteno music.
She is a judge in the popular television programme La Voz (The Voice).
“Everyone was lost,” Jenni Rivera told Telemundo television.
Civil aviation chief Alejandro Argudín told Mexican media that the plane had been “totally destroyed” and the wreckage scattered over a wide area.
It was not clear what caused the crash.
Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera has died in a plane crash in northern Mexico
Jenni Rivera had performed in the northern city of Monterrey on Saturday and was travelling to the city of Toluca, outside Mexico City, when the plane disappeared, officials said.
A spokesman for Nuevo Leon’s government said the plane had left Monterrey in the early hours of Sunday and aviation authorities lost contact with it about 10 minutes later.
It had been scheduled to arrive in Toluca about an hour later.
A plane heading for the Everest region has crashed in Nepal’s capital, killing all 19 people on board, local officials say.
The plane, operated by Sita Air, came down minutes after take-off from Kathmandu. Officials said it crashed into a river bank and caught fire.
Sixteen passengers and three crew were on board the twin-engine prop plane.
Police and aviation officials, however, said that seven Britons, five Chinese nationals and seven Nepali nationals were on the plane, including the three Nepalese crew.
The plane, operated by Sita Air, came down minutes after take-off from Kathmandu
The cause of the crash is not yet known, however the general manager of Tribhuvan International Airport, Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, said in a statement that the plane had struck a bird.
He said air traffic control contacted the pilot after noticing an unusual manoeuvre minutes after take-off. The pilot said his plane had hit a vulture, the statement said.
The plane had been heading for Lukla, the hub for trekking in the Everest region.
Police spokesman Binod Singh told the AFP news agency that “the pilots seem to have tried to land it safely on the banks of the river but unfortunately the plane caught fire”.
Images showed burning wreckage at the crash site and dozens of rescue and security personnel.
British mountaineer Alan Hinkes said he had taken the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla many times and that problems usually occurred at the Lukla end.
“The landing strip in Lukla is a bit like an aircraft carrier with a mountain at the end of it, with a 1,000ft drop at the end of the runway. Normally crashes happen at that end,” he said.
He added: “It is not the safest place to fly, I must admit, but it is what you have to do to get into the mountains.”
Aviation accidents involving small aircraft are not uncommon in mountainous Nepal.
In May, 15 people were killed when a plane crashed trying to land at an airport in the north of the country.
And in September 2011, 19 people were killed when a Buddha Air plane crashed during a flight to view Mount Everest.
Richard Bach, author of 1970s short novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull, has been seriously injured in a plane crash.
Richard Bach, 76, was reportedly trying to land his small plane on San Juan island in Washington state when he hit power lines and got trapped in the cockpit.
Local media reported that a group of holidaymakers had to cut him free.
Richard Bach was reportedly trying to land his small plane on San Juan island in Washington state when he hit power lines and got trapped in the cockpit
Richard Bach’s son, James, said his father was flying alone and suffered a head injury and broken shoulder.
The author is known to be a keen aviator.
“Right now we’re waiting for the sedation to wear off, for him to fully wake up,” James Bach told the Associated Press news agency.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, published in 1970, is a fable telling the story of a bird that is guided through spiritual lessons.
The book, a bestseller made into a film in 1973, gave Richard Bach a loyal following.
Two German tourists and two Kenyan pilots have been killed in a plane crash in Maasai Mara national park, Kenyan police said.
The aircraft was carrying 11 passengers, including five Germans, four Americans and two Czechs, the AFP news agency said.
Three other passengers were seriously injured, police said.
Two German tourists and two Kenyan pilots have been killed in a plane crash in Maasai Mara national park
Propeller planes are often used to take tourists to the Maasai Mara, one of Africa’s most popular attractions.
The plane, a light aircraft owned by Mombasa air, and was preparing to land at the Ngerede Airstrip near the Mara Safari Club, according to the Daily Nation newspaper.
A team from the Flying Doctors Service had been sent to the site, the AFP news agency said.
Philippine Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo is missing after the light aircraft he was travelling in crashed into the sea, officials say.
Two other people are said to be missing after the Cessna came down in the sea off central Masbate province while trying to make an emergency landing.
An aide to Jesse Robredo was rescued from the water by local fishermen.
Police said search efforts had been suspended for the evening because of darkness.
Philippine Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo is missing after the light aircraft he was travelling in crashed into the sea
Military spokesman Colonel Generoso Bolina said the plane had been travelling from central Cebu city to Jesse Robredo’s hometown of Naga city, in Camarines Sur province.
“There was an engine problem so they sought permission to make an emergency landing at Masbate, but the plane did not make it there and crashed,” Generoso Bolina told reporters.
Witnesses saw the Cessna 172 crash into the sea less than a kilometre from the runway. The wreckage has not been found.
Jesse Robredo’s police escort managed to jump out of the aircraft and was rescued and taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Two pilots – a Filipino and a Nepali – are also missing.
Rico Puno, the under secretary in the interior ministry, said Jesse Robredo had been in Cebu for a gathering of civilian volunteers assisting in police work, the Associated Press news agency reports.
Jesse Robredo, 54, is a close ally of President Benigno Aquino and helped his election campaign in 2010.
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