Ever see a plane crash? Not on television or in a movie, but in actuality? Most people haven’t, but one Russian commuter saw one and captured it on his car camera Saturday (Dec. 29), the video going viral within hours. The dramatic footage almost puts the viewer in the incident.
Since most haven’t ever seen a plane crash, much less seen one slam into highway fencing and shower the road with debris, the immediate effect might be somewhat akin to this: Ever been driving down the highway and had an 18-wheeler blow a tire ahead of you as it rolled along at about 70 mph? The moment becomes immediately filled with split-second decisions, movements, and fears as you discern what seems to be occurring, calculate distances, contemplate swerving, actually move the steering wheel, apply the brakes, glance at your various mirrors, hope nobody slams into you, and watch the flying pieces of hard rubber bounce and carom toward you. All the while your adrenaline his induced an accelerated heart rate. And all of this (and possibly more) must have been going through the mind and tensing the muscles of the driver of the vehicle that caught the Russian Red Wings Airlines Tupolev Tu-204 on video as it crashed.
The video is rather dramatic, the driver simply motoring along a Muscovite highway when an unseen impact to his right causes an eruption of snow and disintegrating plane parts and pieces to be flung onto the highway. Cars swerve and attempt to avoid the debris.
The unknown driver seems to also run over a set of dislodged seats as he makes his way to the roadside…
And it is all over in a matter of tension-infused seconds.
But what the driver couldn’t have known in those first few moments was the horrific details of what occurred in the seconds that precipitated the impact, the circumstances that led up to his fighting for control of his vehicle as the highway was pelted with airplane debris.
The Red Wings Airlines airliner was trying to land in heavy winds and snow and apparently touched down hard on its second attempt, slamming into and crashing through a perimeter fence at Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport. Sky News reported that the plane, which was traveling from the Czech Republic, broke into three pieces. The cockpit was sheared off completely from the fuselage.
The airliner was carrying eight people. Four crewmen were killed in the crash. The remaining four, all flight attendants, underwent surgery, all reportedly suffering from traumatic brain injuries.
The plane itself breached the perimeter fence and came to rest on the motorway behind the vehicle bearing the dashcam.
But how is it that the average passing motorist would have a dashcam? Liveleak.com was one of the first Internet sites to offer the footage and poster Matt Molnar noted that “a great number of Russian drivers use dashcams to combat the country’s rampant insurance fraudsters.”
Not that an insurance adjuster might have a problem with someone claiming that their car suffered suspension damage or the entire driver’s side was nearly sheared off because of an airplane nearly crashing on top of them. Still, a little video proof couldn’t hurt…