, pub-6370463716499017, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0 AlfaBloggers Best Bloggers Team Of Asia : December 2012

Monday 31 December 2012

Tu-204 of Russian Airline Crashed at Vnukovo Airport.

A passenger Airliner careered off the runway at Russia’s third-busiest Airport and partly onto a highway while landing on Saturday, broke into pieces and caught fire, killing at least four people.

Officials said there were eight people aboard the Tu-204 belonging to Russian airline Red Wings that was flying back from the Czech Republic without passengers to its home at Vnukovo Airport.

Emergency officials said in a televised news conference that four people were killed and another four severely injured when the plane rolled off the runway into a snowy field and partly onto an adjacent highway, then disintegrated. No
 collisions with vehicles on the major, multilane highway were reported.

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 15 meters a second (30 mph), but other details were not immediately known. A spokesman for Russia’s top investigative agency, Vladimir Markin, said initial indications were that pilot error was the cause.

The state news agency RIA Novosti cited an unidentified official at the Russian Aviation Agency as saying another Red Wings Tu-204 had gone off the runway at the international airport in Novosibirsk in Siberia on Dec. 20.   The agency said that incident, in which no one was injured, was due to the failure of the plane’s engines to go into reverse upon landing and that its brake system malfunctioned.

On Friday, the Aviation Agency sent a directive to the Tupolev company’s president calling for it to take urgent preventive measures.

The plane that crashed Saturday took off from Pardubice airport in the Czech Republic. Jan Anderlik, the director of the company that operates the airport, told Czech public television that the plane underwent a regular technical check before takeoff and no problems were discovered.
Prior to Saturday’s crash, there had been no fatal accidents reported for Tu-204s, which entered commercial service in 1995. The plane is a twin-engine midrange jet with a capacity of about 210 passengers.

The Red Wings airline is one of the holdings of Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev, who also owns the British newspapers The Independent and the Evening Standard.
Vnukovo, on the southern outskirts of Moscow, is one of the Russian Capital’s three International Airports.

Small plane crash-lands near Chandler airport
A small plane crash-landed near the Chandler Municipal Airport shortly before noon Monday, authorities said. The four people on board were not hurt, officials said. The Cessna 210 went down in a field near Queen Creek and McQueen roads across from the ...
See all stories on this topic »
Pilot uninjured as small plane crash-lands at McAllen airport
A small plane sits along the end of the runway Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at the McAllen-Miller International Airport. The pilot was not hurt in the incident that prompted airport officials to delay some flights as the small plane was moved off onto a ...
See all stories on this topic »
Pilot killed in 'light' plane crash near Palmetto
WTSP 10 News
Palmetto, Florida -- Manatee County Sheriff's deputies, along with Fire Rescue, are currently on scene at a fatal light plane crash. Authorities say the plane went down in the heavily wooded area in the northern part of the county off Buckeye and Grass ...
See all stories on this topic »
Family Killed in Lakeside Plane Crash
NBC Southern California
Three family members - a father, mother and daughter - were killed when a smallairplane crashed at the Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve in Lakeside. NBC 7's Lea Sutton reports. Family Killed in Lakeside Plane Crash · WATCH · Family Killed in ...
See all stories on this topic »

NBC Southern California
Deadly Russian plane crash caught on video by dashcam
Four people were pronounced dead soon after the crash and the airline said on its Twitter account that a fifth, a flight attendant, died Sunday. Those who died Saturday were the pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer and another attendant, Red Wings said.
See all stories on this topic »

Moscow plane crash: 4 die
TriValley Central
Rescuers work at the site where a plane careered off the runway Saturday at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow. A Tu-204 aircraft belonging to Russian airline Red Wings careered off the runway at Russia's third-busiest airport on Saturday, broke into pieces and ...
See all stories on this topic »
Fatal Canadian plane crash has some thinking about child seats on aircraft
Alaska Dispatch
A tragic accident that claimed the life of a six-month-old baby in Nunavut earlier this month has some wondering whether car seats should be mandatory for airline passengers travelling with small children. When a Perimeter Aviation turbo-prop plane...
See all stories on this topic »

Alaska Dispatch
MAK: Vnukovo Plane Crash Not Caused by Runway
The Moscow Times
The Interstate Aviation Committee announced Monday that the Red Wings plane crash that occurred on Saturday at Vnukovo Airport was not caused by the airport's runway. According to the committee, the runway was checked immediately after the crash, and ...
See all stories on this topic »

Kingfisher Airlines Ltd loses Flying Permit

Despite all its efforts Kingfisher Airlines, on Monday, lost its flying licence as the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) refused to renew its Air Operator Permit (AOP) without a viable turnaround plan. Kingfisher, as desired by the DGCA, also failed to furnish no objection certificates from service providers, more specifically the Airports Authority of India (AAI), before the deadline. The airline’s flying licence, which was suspended in October after a workers’ strike, was scheduled for renewal on December 31, 2012, but the aviation regulator wanted a more comprehensive restart plan before renewal of permit.

DGCA officials said that they were not satisfied with Kingfisher’s assurances and needed more clarity before giving their nod. Director-General of Civil Aviation Arun Mishra did not receive calls to spell out the regulator’s stance and about Kingfisher’s future.

The non-renewal of permit is not the end for Kingfisher as the airline can apply for renewal of licence within two years. But as per Monday’s development, the airline has become defunct as it is no more a scheduled operator.

Now the airline has to convince lenders, airport owners, tax authorities and employees about its viability and get no objection certificates. On Monday, Kingfisher was negotiating with the AAI for a clearance but it did not come.

“Kingfisher Airlines (had) applied for renewal of its licence as a scheduled carrier. Subsequently, we submitted a restart and rehabilitation plan to the DGCA and also attended meetings to respond to queries. The plan itself clearly states that the funding required would be provided by The UB Group,” Kingfisher Airlines said in a statement.

“The DGCA has asked for certain no objection letters which are in the process of being procured. Further, a few additional questions have been raised which will be answered to the regulator’s satisfaction,” the statement added.

“Despite the impending expiry of its licence tonight [Monday], there is no cause for concern as the regulations permit licence renewal within two years of expiry. Kingfisher Airlines is confident of securing approval from the DGCA on the restart plan, licence approval and reinstatement of its AOP,” Kingfisher spokesperson said.

DGCA to ask for more details from Kingfisher on its finances,
Kingfisher submits interim revival plan,
Kingfisher applies for licence renewal,

GE Partially Divests Aviation Unit - Analyst Blog
GE Aviation Systems, an operating unit of General Electric Company ( GE ), has recently announced the signing of an agreement with Woodward, Inc. ( WWD ), an independent designer and manufacturer of control solutions for the aerospace and energy ...
See all stories on this topic »
Top 20 Aviation Stories of 2012
Flying Magazine
2012 was a year full of innovation and change for the aviation industry, a year that saw the introduction of some revolutionary new aircraft, along with the ongoing turmoil caused by the global economic downturn. While the list of major events could go ...
See all stories on this topic »
Sky Aviation takes delivery of first Sukhoi Superjet 100
Breaking Travel News
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and Indonesian air carrier Sky Aviation have signed in Ulianovsk (Russia) an act of delivery and acceptance for the first Sukhoi Superjet 100 on completion of technical acceptance procedure. The initial flight of the ...
See all stories on this topic »

Breaking Travel News
Regional aviation meetings planned
Caymanian Compass
The Caribbean Tourism Organization will lead a mission next year to meet with top ministerial officials and technical personnel in its member countries to seek their assistance in the advancement of better intra-regional air links to help boost tourism ...
See all stories on this topic »
Aviation director to speak at MLK event
Daily Commercial
Leesburg native Carolyn Fennell, director of public affairs for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, will be the keynote speaker for the 10th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Awards Breakfast in The Villages. Some 625 people are ...
See all stories on this topic »
TAAI sends letter to Tourism & Civil Aviation Minister requesting for ...
Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) has condemned the recent gang rape in New Delhi and sent a letter to both, Dr Chiranjeevi, Tourism Minister and Ajit Singh, CivilAviation Minister requesting them to use their good offices to take corrective ...
See all stories on this topic »

Bahrain civil aviation officials honoured
Trade Arabia
Four long-serving executives of Bahrain's Civil Aviation Affairs were honoured on the occasion of their retirement at a recent ceremony in Manama, held under the patronage of Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation. The officials included ...
See all stories on this topic »

Trade Arabia
Aviation and transport deals signed
Times of Oman
The agreements' signing ceremony was attended by Eng. Salim bin Mohammed al-Nuaimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications for Transport and Eng. Salim bin Nasser al-Oufi, Chairman of the Public Authority for Civil Aviation ...
See all stories on this topic »

The Hindu
Kingfisher Airlines down over 2% as its flying permit expires today
Economic Times
MUMBAIL Shares of Kingfisher Airlines fell by over 2 per cent as its flying permit, which has been suspended by aviation regulator DGCA, expires today. After falling over 3 per cent during the day, shares of the company finally ended at Rs 14.92, down ...
See all stories on this topic »

Economic Times
Kingfisher Airlines says flying permit expiry not a problem
Reuters India
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Kingfisher Airlines said expiration of its operating licenses, set for Monday, was not a cause for concern as the grounded Indian carrier has two years to renew the license and permits required to fly. "Despite the impending ...
See all stories on this topic »

Kingfisher Airlines licence expires today; stock down
Economic Times
MUMBAI: Shares of Kingfisher Airlines were in the red as jittery traders booked profits on rising concerns that the beleaguered airlines' operating licence may get cancelled today by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Last moment efforts ...
See all stories on this topic »

Economic Times
DGCA renew Kingfisher Airlines' licence?
Today is the last day for Kingfisher Airlines to renew its flying permit, but with the aviation regulator Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) refusing to consider its renewal application unless there is more clarity on funding, KFA's license ...
See all stories on this topic »
Flying permit of Kingfisher Airlines expires today
Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Flying permit of Kingfisher Airlines, which has been suspended by aviation regulator DGCA, expires today, but rules allow that it can be renewed within two years. The beleaguered carrier has submitted a revival plan to Directorate General of ...
See all stories on this topic »

Economic Times
The Best and Worst Airline News of 2012: Looking Back
Condé Nast Traveler
2012 was a big year for air travel—what with extreme weather, troublesome mergers, and technological snafus roiling air traffic. At the same time, there were some positive developments: progress on air traffic control modernization and strides in ...
See all stories on this topic »

Condé Nast Traveler
Airlines Would Like To Be Legally Exempt From Telling You How Much Your ...
Business Insider
For over two years, American carriers have been battling Barack Obama's Department of Transportation (DOT), which is considering requiring airlines to disclose fee information to travel agent distribution systems and online ticketing agents like Orbitz.
See all stories on this topic »

Business Insider
The Safest Year Ever for Airline Passengers
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Commercial air travel is just about as safe as it has ever been, evidenced by the sparkling safety record of the past year. My colleague Andy Pasztor reported on Saturday that flying is the safest it has been since the dawn of the jet age in the early ...
See all stories on this topic »
Survey measures airlines on rudeness
NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A survey of flyers found American Airlines was the most-criticized U.S. airline when judging the rudeness of its employees. The survey conducted by found 25 percent of its 1,000 respondents indicated ...
See all stories on this topic »

Now Singapore too likely slipped into Global Recession

 Singapore likely slipped into recession in the three months to December, analysts told AFP on Monday, as data showed growth in 2012 came in lower than expected.

In his New Year's message, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said "growth was slower this year, at 1.2 per cent", which is well off the official growth forecast of 1.5-2.5 per cent.

However, CIMB Research economist Song Seng Wun said the figures for the year indicate the economy shrank 3.5 to 4.0 per cent quarter on quarter in October-December, which followed a contraction of 5.9 per cent in the previous three months.

Two consecutive quarters of contraction point to a technical recession.

"It's basically just the magnitude of (the recession) rather than if," he told AFP.

And Jason Hughes, head of premium client management for IG Markets Singapore, said: "It would seem that the PM's statement of 1.2 per cent growth for 2012 would suggest that we've contracted in the fourth quarter which would put us in technical recession territory."

An official breakdown of the data will be released by the trade ministry on Wednesday.

Lee said growth had been hit by weakness in the city-state's key export markets of Europe, which is battling a debt crisis, and the United States and Japan, where economic recovery is sputtering.

"The weak US, European and Japanese economies dampened our growth, but some industries have also had difficulty hiring the workers they need to grow. Next year we expect to grow by 1.0-3.0 per cent," he added.

Singapore, widely regarded as a bellwether for Asia's export-driven economies, went through its worst-ever recession during the global financial crisis from the third quarter of 2008 to the second half of 2009.

Unlike its bigger neighbours, however, Singapore is more vulnerable to external trade developments because it has a small domestic base of just over five million residents.


- OB & HR needs & analysis
- Hiring strategy
- Branding
- Employer of Choice
- Start up
- Business Development in new markets
- Product development & launch
- Recruitment & headhunting
- Client servicing


- Cross Culture
- Change Management
- Team Building
- Motivation lectures
- Presentation skills
- Recruitment (from start up to hiring, the process)
- Headhunting techniques
- Interview skills,
- Resume writing

Keynote speech, Lectures & workshops (universities)

- Interview
- Behavior in organizations
- Cultural management
- Presentation
- Negotiation
- Job search
- Team building


- Corporate Coach
- Personal Career Coach
- Confidential Life Coach

Television Rating Point (TRP) is a tool provided to judge which programmes are viewed the most. This gives us an index of the choice of the people and also the popularity of a particular channel. For calculation purpose, a device is attached to the TV set in a few thousand viewers' houses for judging purpose.

These numbers are treated as sample from the overall TV owners in different geographical and demographic sectors. The device is called as People's Meter.

It records the time and the programme that a viewer watches on a particular day. Then, the average is taken for a 30-day period which gives the viewership status for a particular channel.

Fiscal Cliff Disputes Keep Country on Edge, Recession Fears Looming
Fox News
Washington – With just hours to go before the U.S. falls off the so-called "fiscal cliff," Republicans and Democrats remained divided over taxes and spending, raising the prospect that markets will start 2013 without a clear idea of America's budget ...
See all stories on this topic »
5 Quick Picks For A 2013 Recession
Seeking Alpha
Without a doubt, a recession would be unwelcomed by investors with a short investment horizon (1-3 years), but for those with a longer investment horizon, say 3+ years, it could be a great opportunity for profit. So what should potential investors do ...
See all stories on this topic »
Singapore likely in recession after GDP data: Analysts
Economic Times
And Jason Hughes, head of premium client management for IG Markets Singapore, said: "It would seem that the PM's statement of 1.2 per cent growth for 2012 would suggest that we've contracted in the fourth quarter which would put us in technical ...
See all stories on this topic »

Economic Times
Greek retail sales slump deepens in October, recession bites
Economic Times
ATHENS: Greek retail sales fell 18.1 per cent year-on-year in October, recording the steepest drop in almost two years, as the deep recession and record-high unemployment took a toll on consumer spending. Figures released on Monday by the statistics ...
See all stories on this topic »
U.K. Risk of Triple-Dip Recession Recedes
Britain's economy emerged from a recession in the third quarter, helped by a boost from the London Olympic Games. While the Bank of England has said gross domestic product may decline this quarter in what will be a “zigzag” pattern of output, it ...
See all stories on this topic »
Would Implementing The Full Fiscal Cliff Really Cause a Recession?
Slate Magazine (blog)
Hanging over Washington, DC for the past two months is the idea that full implementation of the fiscal cliff will likely push the economy into recession early next year. That's a conclusion driven by the Congressional Budget Office's August 22 report ...
See all stories on this topic »
US Home Sales Set Recession-Era Record
NuWire Investor
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports that U.S. home sales hit a three-year high in 2012 and that momentum continues to build. Sales are up in nearly every region of the country and have been rising for the last nine months in a row. Sales ...
See all stories on this topic »
Canadian Dollar Gains On Hope U.S. Avoids Recession
By Ari Altstedter - 2012-12-31T16:28:04Z. The Canadian Dollar gained the most in a month against its U.S. counterpart on optimism U.S. politicians may reach a deficit-reduction deal in time to avoid tipping the nation's largest trading partner into ...
See all stories on this topic »
Singapore 'likely in recession' after GDP data
SINGAPORE — Singapore likely slipped into recession in the three months to December, analysts told AFP on Monday, as data showed growth in 2012 came in lower than expected. In his New Year's message, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said "growth ...
See all stories on this topic »
Business fears of triple-dip recession on the wane
The Independent
British businesses are growing increasingly bullish that the country will avoid a triple-dip recession. Fears that the economy could once again suffer contraction have fallen to an eight-month low, according to a survey of 300 £1m-plus turnover ...
See all stories on this topic »

Bye Bye 2012 Welcome 2013

From teeming Times Square in New York City to an Asian capital hosting its first public New Year's Eve countdown in decades, the world looked to the start of 2013 with hope for renewal after a year of economic turmoil, searing violence and natural disasters.

Fireworks, concerts and celebrations unfolded around the globe to ring in the new year and, for some, to wring out the old.

"With all the sadness in the country, we're looking for some good changes in 2013," Laura Concannon, of Hingham, Mass., said as she, her husband, Kevin, and his parents took in the scene in bustling Times Square on Monday.

A blocks-long line of bundled-up revellers with New Year's hats and sunglasses boasting "2013" formed hours before the first ball drop in decades without Dick Clark, who died in April and was to be honoured with a tribute concert and his name printed on pieces of confetti.

Security in Times Square was tight, with a mass of uniformed police and plainclothes officers assigned to blend into the crowd.

With police Commissioner Raymond Kelly proclaiming that Times Square would be the "safest place in the world on New Year's Eve," officers used barriers to prevent overcrowding and checkpoints to inspect vehicles, enforce a ban on alcohol and check handbags.

Benjamin Nadorf, 4, fools around with his new glasses while waiting for the New Year party in Times Square in New York city on Monday, Dec. 31. One million people are expected at Times Square for the countdown. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)
Syracuse University student Taylor Nanz, 18, said she and a friend had been standing in Times Square since 1:20 p.m. ET Monday.

They hadn't moved from their spot "because there's a bathroom a block and a half away, but if you leave, you lose your place," she said, shivering behind an iron barricade with a clear view of One Times Square, the building where the crystal ball hovered.

"It's the first time — and the last time," she said.

In Canada, annual outdoor festivities will feature musical and other acts at popular partying locations such as:

Toronto's downtown Nathan Phillips Square outside city hall.
Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls, Ont.
Vancouver's Robson Square.
Saint John's Market Square.
Montreal's Place Jacques-Cartier.
Elsewhere hours earlier, lavish fireworks displays lit up skylines in Sydney, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai where multicoloured fireworks danced up an down the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. In Russia, spectators filled Moscow's iconic Red Square as fireworks exploded near the Kremlin.

Organizers said about 90,000 people gathered in a large field in Rangoon, Burma, sometimes known as Myanmar, for their first chance to do what much of the world does every Dec. 31 — watch a countdown. The reformist government that took office last year in the country, long under military rule, threw its first public New Year's celebration in decades.

"We feel like we are in a different world," said Yu Thawda, a university student who went with three of her friends.

Pope's 2013 message
Pope Benedict XVI has marked the end of a difficult year by saying despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness prevails.

Benedict celebrated New Year's Eve with a vespers service Monday in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican to give thanks for 2012, saying it's tough to remember that goodness prevails when bad news — deaths, violence and injustice — "makes more noise than good."

Taking time to meditate in prolonged reflection and prayer can help "find healing from the inevitable wounds of daily life," said the Pope, whose 2012 was full of highs and lows, including a successful trip to Mexico and Cuba, but also the betrayal of his butler, convicted of stealing Benedict's personal papers and leaking them to a journalist.

On Tuesday morning, Benedict celebrates a New Year's Day Mass, which the Catholic Church celebrates as its world day of peace

The atmosphere of celebration was muted in some places with concern.

Europe planned scaled-back festivities and street parties, the mood restrained — if hopeful — for a 2013 that is projected to be a sixth straight year of recession amid Greece's worst economic crisis since the Second World War. More than 22,000 revellers in the Madrid square celebrated the arrival of the new year under umbrellas as rain fell steadily.

Hotels, clubs and other sites in New Delhi, the Indian capital, cancelled festivities after the death of a rape victim on Saturday touched off days of mourning and reflection about women's safety. In the Philippines, where many are recovering from devastation from a recent typhoon, a health official danced to South Korean rapper Psy's Gangnam Style video in an effort to stop revellers from setting off huge illegal firecrackers, which maim and injure hundreds of Filipinos each year.

And even in Times Square, some revellers checked their cellphones to keep up with news of lawmakers' efforts to skirt the fiscal cliff combination of expiring tax cuts and across-the-board spending cuts that threatened to reverberate globally. And the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., and Superstorm Sandy mingled into the memories of 2012.

"This has been a very eventful year, on many levels," Denise Norris said as she and her husband, the Rev. Urie Norris, surveyed the crowd seeking to jam Times Square for a countdown show with Ryan Seacrest as host and musical acts including Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Neon Trees, Flo Rida and Pitbull.

About a block away, Army Sgt. Clint Evanoff waited in a black suit, red vest and red tie to get into Times Square with a couple of his friends from his unit at Fort Drum, N.Y. Evanoff, 20, is scheduled to leave for Afghanistan, his first deployment, in about two weeks.

Looking ahead to the new year, "I'm just hoping to make it back," he said.

Elsewhere, too, hopes for 2013 were a mix of personal and political. In Boston, communications writer and editor Colin O'Brien, 25, said he was optimistic that the nation had realized it was time to make tough decisions about its finances and policy and that there might be "more common ground than people are willing to admit or accept." In Harrisburg, Pa., warehouse worker Adam Gassner, 43, had more internal goals: "hoping to continue to get myself back on my feet."

Lavish fireworks displays ushered in 2013 across the Asia-Pacific region on Tuesday, and Europe was holding scaled-back festivities and street parties in the hope of beginning a new year that will be kinder to its battered economies.

Asian cities kicked off New Year's celebrations in style and an atmosphere of renewed optimism, despite the "fiscal cliff" impasse of spending cuts and tax increases threatening to reverberate globally from the United States.
Huge fireworks lit up skylines in Sydney, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and even the once-isolated country of Myanmar joined the countdown party for the first time in decades.

Celebrations were planned around the world, including the traditional crystal ball drop in New York City's Times Square, where 1 million people were expected to cram into the surrounding streets.

In Russia, Moscow's iconic Red Square was filled with spectators as fireworks exploded near the Kremlin to welcome in the new year. Earlier in the day, about 25 people were reportedly arrested in Moscow for trying to hold an unsanctioned demonstration. But President Vladimir Putin gave an optimistic New Year's Eve address, making no reference to the anti-government protests that have occurred in his country in the past year.

"We believe that we can change the life around us and become better ourselves, that we can become more heedful, compassionate, gracious," Putin said, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency.

In Australia, a balmy summer night was split by 7 tons of fireworks fired from rooftops and barges in Sydney, many cascading from the city's Harbor Bridge, in a $6.9 million pyrotechnic extravaganza billed by organizers as the world's largest.

In Myanmar, after nearly five decades under military regimes that discouraged or banned big public gatherings, about 90,000 people experienced the country's first New Year's Eve countdown in a field in the largest city of Yangon.

Warm Words of Welcome,
Printable Welcome Poems,
Religious Welcome Speeches,
Sample Welcome Speech,
Welcome Speeches for All Occasions,
Welcome Sayings,

New Year celebrations around the world welcome 2013

Sunday 30 December 2012

Air Plane Crash puts Russia's Airline Industry in spotlight

A Russian airliner flying without passengers broke into pieces after it slid off the runway and crashed onto a highway outside Moscow upon landing on Saturday, killing four of the eight crew on board and leaving smoking chunks of fuselage on the icy road.

2012 enters the record books. Were you paying attention? A news quiz.
Continental Concord crash conviction overturned by French court (+video)
Report: Russian intelligence suspects US hand in SuperJet crash
Subscribe Today to the Monitor

The crash during peak holiday travel ahead of Russia's New Year's vacation, which runs from Sunday through Jan. 9, cast a spotlight on the country's poor air safety record despite President Vladimir Putin's calls to improve controls.

Television footage showed the Tupolev Tu-204 jet with smoke billowing from the tail end and the cockpit broken clean off the front.

Some witnesses told state channel Rossiya-24 they saw a man thrown from the plane as it rammed into the barrier of the highway outside Vnukovo airport, just southwest of the capital, and another described pulling other people from the wreckage.

Recommended: 2012 enters the record books. Were you paying attention? A news quiz.

"The plane split into three pieces," Yelena Krylova, chief spokeswoman for the airport, said in televised comments.

Police spokesman Gennady Bogachyov said: "The plane went off the runway, broke through the barrier, and caught fire."

Get our FREE 2013 Global Security Forecast now

The pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer, and a flight attendant were killed and the other four crew members aboard – all flight attendants – were in a serious condition in the hospital with head injuries, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

Officials said earlier that there were 12 crew on board.

Black Boxes Examined in Fatal Russian Plane Crash
ABC News
Investigators on Sunday examined flight recorders and other evidence to try to determine the cause of the airliner crash in Moscow that killed five people, an official said. The Tu-204 belonging to Russian airline Red Wings was carrying eight people ...
See all stories on this topic »

ABC News
Russian Plane Crash Video Captures Moment Of Impact
Huffington Post
Russian plane crash: Dashboard camera footage captured the moment of impact when a passengerplane crashed into a highway near Moscow's Vnukovo Airport Saturday. Video from a dashboard camera captured the moment of impact when a passenger ...
See all stories on this topic »
Russian Plane Crash Black Boxes Examined In Deadly Moscow Crash
Huffington Post
Four people were pronounced dead soon after the crash and the airline said on its Twitter account that a fifth, a flight attendant, died Sunday. Those who died Saturday were the pilot, co-pilot, flightengineer and another attendant, Red Wings said.
See all stories on this topic »
Russia plane crash investigators say faulty brakes may be to blame
The Guardian
Investigators said they were examining the black boxes to try to determine the cause of Saturday's crash, which cracked the wings off the Tupolev-204 plane and split the fuselage clean into three pieces. If they find bad brakes were at fault, it would ...
See all stories on this topic »

The Guardian
Phoenix-area family killed in plane crash in San Diego County
Los Angeles Times
The three persons killed Saturday in the crash of a small plane in eastern San Diego County have been identified as a Phoenix-area mother, father and their teenage daughter. The medical examiner identified the three as a 65-year-old man, a 53-year-old ...
See all stories on this topic »
Guatemalan Congresswoman Dies in Plane Crash
Fox News
Governing Patriotic Party Congresswoman Catarina Castor died in the crash of a private plane in the northwestern Guatemalan province of Quiche, while the pilot was killed and another politician was injured, officials said Sunday. Pilot Julio Giron, 36 ...
See all stories on this topic »
Plane crash puts Russia's airline industry in spotlight - again
Christian Science Monitor
A Russian airliner flying without passengers broke into pieces after it slid off the runway and crashed onto a highway outside Moscow upon landing on Saturday, killing four of the eight crew on board and leaving smoking chunks of fuselage on the icy road.
See all stories on this topic »

Christian Science Monitor
Brake Failure May Have Caused Russian Plane Crash, Interfax Says
Malfunctioning brakes may have caused a plane to crash while landing at Moscow's Vnukovo airport yesterday, killing five, Interfax reported. A preliminary investigation has found that the pilots attempted to use all of the Tu-204's brake systems while ...
See all stories on this topic »
Straight after the plane crashed 'I realized I had to do something' — eyewitness
In the first thirty minutes after the plane crashed, only eyewitnesses were there to help the victims of the tragedy. As parts of the jet had hit the road, ambulance and rescue teams had to break through terrible traffic jams. With no help in sight, a ...
See all stories on this topic »
Moscow Plane Crash Caught on Video
Daily Beast
Moscow Plane Crash Caught on Video. Dramatic video out of Russia: a passenger plane slams on to a highway, killing five on board. The 30-second footage was taken from a car that manages to avoid the remnants of the plane and pull over to the side of...
See all stories on this topic »