December 30, 2012 - The Federal Air Transport
Agency (FATA) of Russia, (also known as
Rosaviatsia) the agency which is responsible for
overseeing the civil aviation industry has
released a preliminary cause for the Red Wings
Airlines TU-204 jet crash on Saturday that
killed five onboard.
On December 29, at about 4:35 PM a Red Wings
Airlines, Flight 9268, a Tupolev Tu-204-100В
crashed after the jets brakes failed to slow the
aircraft down upon landing on runway 19 at
Moscow Vnukovo International Airport.
The TU-204 jet finally stopped about 1,200 feet
past the runway end, the jet skidded off the
runway and ended up on a crowed highway in three
The right wing caught on fire and it took
firefighters 30 minutes to extinguish the
flames. The plane's cockpit area was sheared off
from the fuselage and the tail section partly
torn away. The crash occurred amid snow and
winds gusting up to 30 mph.