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A Russian passenger plane has crashed into a main road outside Moscow killing at least four people, reports say.

Russian state television says the plane overshot the runway after landing.

Details are still emerging, but images of the scene on Twitter appear to show a badly-damaged aircraft lying in several pieces across a major road.

Some reports say the aircraft caught fire.

Reports said there were between eight and 12 people on board the Red Wings Tupolev-204, flight number RWZ9268, which was landing at Vnukovo airport.

Images of the scene show the aircraft split into several pieces, with the cockpit on the road.

Four people were severely injured, emergency officials said.

A Russian passenger plane has crashed into a main road outside Moscow, killing at least four people

A Russian passenger plane has crashed into a main road outside Moscow, killing at least four people

The plane’s tail and cockpit had broken off but the fuselage was largely intact.

There were fire engines at the scene and smoke could be seen rising from parts of the wreckage.

The plane had arrived in Moscow from the Czech Republic, government officials said.

The incident is said to have taken place at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport.

The images on Twitter show a plane bearing the Red Wings airlines livery, with the tail and cockpit broken off but the fuselage largely intact.

There are fire engines at the scene and smoke can be seen rising from the wreckage.

Unconfirmed reports say the plane had arrived from the Czech Republic with around eight passengers and four crew on board. The plane was reported to be a Tupolev-204.

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A Sudanese military plane has crashed outside the capital, Khartoum, killing some 13 people, officials say.

The Russian-made Antonov was travelling from Khartoum to Fasher in the conflict-riven region of Darfur.

The plane made an emergency landing after trying to turn back to the air base in Khartoum because of mechanical problems, a military spokesman said.

Some nine people were rescued from the crash site west of the capital, he told state TV.

“Five minutes into the flight… the pilot radioed that one engine had stopped working,” said army spokesman Col al-Sawarmi Khalid.

“Shortly afterwards, he reported that a second engine on the same side (wing) had broken down, which made the plane unbalanced. He said he would make an emergency landing.”

There have been a number of deadly plane crashes in Sudan in recent years.

In August, a civilian plane crashed in a southern state, killing more than 30 people including a government minister.

The authorities say it is hard to get spare parts because of US sanctions against Khartoum.

Government forces are still involved in clashes with rebels in Darfur, where a civil war broke out in 2003, though violence in the western region has fallen from its peak.