A RUSSIAN passenger plane has crashed and killed at least four people after overshooting a runway at a Moscow airport.

The airliner split into three pieces after it slid off the runway and crashed on to a highway.

Four crew members were killed as the Red Wings Tupolev-204 landed at Vnukovo airport. Its tail and cockpit had broken off but the fuselage was largely intact.

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered an investigation. Preliminary findings have pointed to pilot error as the cause of the crash.