Plane crash caught on car dash-cam

Last updated 07:43 31/12/2012
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A Moscow plane crash which killed five people was caught on a car dashboard camera as wreckage flew across a motorway, hitting cars.

Five people were killed yesterday when the low cost Red Wings Tu-204 skidded into the highway after landing at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport.

There were no passengers on the plane and three crew survived, although they are in a serious or critical condition.

Russia's RT News says a car dash-cam shows the plane crashing into a road safety barrier and its debris hitting the car carrying the camera and another car passing by.

It said the highway was not busy at the time of the crash so drivers managed to avoid a major accident.

Eyewitness Nikita Kasperchik helped two men who had suffered injuries, rescuing them from the debris.

"We tore off part of the plane, put it on the ground and put the guys on it. There were blankets scattered everywhere, so we covered them with blankets," he told Rossiya-24 TV-channel.

Rescuers by chance also tried to organise victims' transportation to hospitals.

"We were looking for a car where we could place him [a crash victim], unfortunately, a passenger car would not fit him, so we stopped a minibus taxi ... put the victim in it and took him to hospital," another witness said.

The only people the drivers could not help were the pilots, who were trapped in the cockpit. Witnesses tried to break the glass to reach to them, but it was too thick, so they had to wait for rescuers to arrive.

An investigation into the crash is underway and two flight data recorders recovered at the scene are being examined by Interstate Aviation Committee experts.

Dashboard cameras have been common in Russia because of the poor state of the roads and driving issues such as road rage.

One blog site that publishes some of the astonishing videos says psychopaths are abundant on Russian roads.

Road rage is common but police seldom act on verbal complaints, the blog says.

"They do, however, like to send people to jail for battery and property destruction if there's definite video proof.

"That is why there's a new, growing crop of dash-cam videos featuring would-be face-beaters backing away to the shouts of "You're on camera! I'm calling the cops!"

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