The Red Wings airlines Russian-made Tu-204 jet - empty of passengers and carrying just its eight crew on a return trip from the Czech Republic - caught fire after crashing through the perimeter fence of Vnukovo airport in the west of the city on Saturday.

The plane's impact with the highway embankment sent the severed nose sliding over the icy road while the rest of the jet rested just past the airport's fence - its tail linked to the rest of the body by only a tangle of wreckage.