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Moscow Plane Crash Caught On Passerby's Dash Cam 253

acidradio writes "Yesterday a Tupolev 204 (Russian-made aircraft equivalent to an Airbus 321 or a shortened 757) overran the runway at Moscow Vnukovo airport and crashed into a nearby highway. A plane crash is always bad, but what makes this seem different is how well it was recorded. It seems like everyone in Russia has a dashcam, here is footage. A driver who just happened to be driving by on the nearby M3 highway (right about here on the map) is pelted by flying nose wheels and a row of coach-class seats! An accident like this has probably never been filmed so up close. We are getting better and better at recording accidents and disasters (whether by coincidence due to overuse of surveillance or maybe on purpose). What does that say about our level of documentation and recording of people's everyday lives? And what's the deal with dashcams in every Russian car?"
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Moscow Plane Crash Caught On Passerby's Dash Cam

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  • One word: Lawsuits (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Kid Zero ( 4866 ) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @02:21PM (#42427099) Homepage Journal

    Seriously, Dash Cams are the best defense against scam artists.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 30, 2012 @02:38PM (#42427223)

    No, they're the best defense against police. When a policeman pulls you over and tries to extract a bribe, the dash cam is how you prove that you didn't follow too close, change lanes too suddenly, or whatever.


  • Re:Dashcams (Score:4, Insightful)

    by ultranova ( 717540 ) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @03:05PM (#42427383)

    Dashcams provide proof of what happened in a culture full of corrupt law enforcement officers.

    And if proof matters, you don't yet know the real meaning of corruption.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 30, 2012 @03:35PM (#42427531)

    Or just realise that you regularly leave your car unattended outside, at the mercy of nature and people in the area, and don't worry about small dents and scratches. Leave the dents there and just polish off the scratches to prevent rust. Cars need to look shiny and pristine only if you're foolish enough to believe everything the marketing department tells you.

  • by mvar ( 1386987 ) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @03:42PM (#42427573)
    shit that's insane
  • by CaptainLard ( 1902452 ) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @04:12PM (#42427711)
    Or you could just easily avoid the accident as the GP did and get home for dinner on time and rant for 3 min about some idiot on the road. In the process you'll save yourself an hour at the scene talking to police, 6 hours in the emergency room, 2 hours on the phone with your insurance, a week waiting for your car to get fixed, a day talking with your lawyer, a day or two in court/mediation, 1-2 years waiting for settlement negotiations, and then another 6-12 months for payment assuming its not doled out periodically over many years (*my numbers are wild speculation but the hassle is not). Seriously, bad drivers piss me off royally but I'd rather not give up potentially hundreds of hours of my life for spite and a small chance of a financial return greater than all of the work hours I missed if I can just avoid the accident. Not to mention if I actually did end up with whiplash and have neck problems for the rest of my life.People in your country should learn from slashdot nerds and get a hobby. Bad drivers suck but sometimes its best to just let it go.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 30, 2012 @05:37PM (#42428163)

    I've seen wrecks where people would back up into another car to deliberately cause an incident. Were it not for witnesses who chose to stay there and gave statements, the police would have faulted the completely wrong parties.

    I'm all for a good TV cam. If it is someone else's fault, it means that it is caught on film in full HD for a jury and insurance to look at. If it is my fault, that is what insurance is for. Using a TV cam means that in general, I am gambling that a wreck is going to be someone else's doing as opposed to mine.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 30, 2012 @08:49PM (#42429229)

    He didn't lock the brakes, he was hit in the rear passenger side with large debris. You'd have heard it in the video if you'd have had your sound on. It caused his rear end to skid to the left, so he steers into the skid to keep the car going relatively straight. Good work by the driver. After all that, hitting another plane part lying on the road doesn't even matter.

  • by Smauler ( 915644 ) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @10:11PM (#42429811)

    I speed - and I am not angry in the slightest when someone pulls out in front of me & cuts me up. It's very, very rare I ever brake hard (I don't remember the last time I did) when it's not just me on the road.

    When you're going quickly, you've got to anticipate people pulling out in front of you. If you don't, you should not be going quickly. You should not blame people going a reasonable speed moving into the overtaking lane in front of you, if you're going quick. It's very easy to do - you do not expect someone to be approaching from behind quickly.

    People who speed then blame others is moronic IMO. However, people who do stupid stuff then blame people who speed is also moronic.

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