Russian airport worker destroys UTair Yak-40 jet with digger after being fired

  • Clip shows a UTair aeroplane being destroyed by excavating machinery
  • Machine reported to have been controlled by a former airport employee
  • Some commented that the plane was actually being broken up for scrap 

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 aeroplane being wrecked by machinery that according to some reports was controlled by a disgruntled former airport employee.

A story circulated on the internet that the worker decided to smash up the Yak-40 after being fired - but this has not been confirmed.

The digger's claw drives down behind the cockpit of the aircraft and creates a gaping hole 

The digger's claw drives down behind the cockpit of the aircraft and creates a gaping hole 

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.

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.

Many online commenters remain sceptical about the rumours of an angry worker being behind the destruction 

Many online commenters remain sceptical about the rumours of an angry worker being behind the destruction 

One online commenter said: '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'

One online commenter said: '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'

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.' 

MailOnline Travel has approached UTair for comment.

At the end of the clip the digger turns around to face the camera 

At the end of the clip the digger turns around to face the camera 

The jet reportedly has a value of $6.6million (£4.5million). One commenter said that it looks like the engines have already been repurposed

The jet reportedly has a value of $6.6million (£4.5million). One commenter said that it looks like the engines have already been repurposed

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