Shocking footage shows the moment a Russian passenger plane is ripped to pieces by a large digger.
The 30-second-long clip shows the UTair Yak-40 aeroplane being wrecked by machinery, which leaves a gaping hole by the cockpit.
A story circulated on the internet that the plane was being wrecked by a disgruntled airport worker, but a consensus has emerged that it was actually a disused jet being scrapped.
At the beginning of the clip, which was uploaded to ViralHog, the arm of the digger can be seen raised above the jet, which reportedly has a value of $6.6million (£4.5million), before it comes down and pierce’s its fuselage.
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The digger’s claw drives down behind the cockpit of the aircraft and creates a gaping hole.
After a few moments the operator of the machinery reverses to face the camera.
Many online commenters remain sceptical about the rumours of an angry worker being behind the destruction.
Some have claimed that the plane in the video is a ‘defunct aircraft’ and that the airline no longer has any active Yak-40s in its fleet.
One user told Liveleak: ‘UTair doesn’t currently have any active Yak-40’s in their fleet. I’m guessing these are defunct aircraft.
‘The Yak-40 resale price is less than five million so maybe they aren’t worth selling or nobody wants to purchase them. Besides, looks like the engines have already been re-purposed.’
Another told the site: ‘It doesn’t look like there are windows in the cockpit. I’d be willing to bet it’s a plane bound for the scrap yard.’