5 Dead in Vnukovo Plane Crash

Dec. 30 2012 — 00:00

The number of fatalities from the Tu-204 plane crash at Vnukovo Airport has climbed to five after Red Wings flight attendant Tatyana Penkina died Sunday, the Health Ministry announced on its website.

The plane crash occurred on Saturday after the plane overshot the runway when arriving at Vnukovo Airport, causing it to crash through a fence into a nearby highway, where it caught on fire. All eight people on board at the time were Red Wings crew members.

A special commission has been created at the request of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to determine the cause of the crash, RIA-Novosti reported. The Federal Air Transportation Agency and transit safety watchdog Rostransnadzor will be assisting in the investigation.

The three other victims of the crash are still hospitalized. 

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