A plane carrying 62 people from Dubai crashed early on Saturday while landing in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don in strong winds, killing all aboard. A list published by the emergencies ministry showed the 737-800 was carrying 55 passengers and seven crew members. here is the complete report.
The Dubai Media Office says those killed in the crash of the FlyDubai airliner in Russia include 44 Russians, eight Ukrainians, two Indians and one person from Uzbekistan.
Amid poor weather conditions the FlyDubai flightFZ981 en route Dubai has crashed in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don killing reportedly all 62 passengers abs crew on board. As confirmed by the air-traffic control and local emergency services the Boeing 737-800 jet crashed in conditions of poor visibility on it second attempt near the runway.
A video recorded at the site shows the Boeing disintegrating on impact with tiny pieces of the aircraft scattered all across the runway at Rostov-on-Don airport. The authenticity of the video though could not be immediately verified but sources say, “According to preliminary data, the Boeing 38 crashed in poor visibility, some 50-100 meters left of the runway.”
Flight from Dubai arrived around 1.30am at Rostov-on-Don but due to poor visibility and strong side winds gusting at 25-30 meters per second, it spent nearly two hours in the air picking up a suitable moment to land.
Later the FlyDubai company issued an official statement about flight FZ981. “FlyDubai is deeply sorry to confirm the following information in relation to the tragic accident involving flight FZ891 which was flying from Dubai International (DXB) to Rostov on Don (ROV).”
“Primary numbers indicate 55 passengers and seven crew on the Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft.”
IC spokesman Vladimir Markin said experts and experienced investigators are at the crash site and are collecting evidence.
Along with that about 25 psychologists are working with relatives of the crash victims who have arrived at the airport. Several hotline numbers have been made available in Rostov-on-Don and Moscow. The airport will remain closed until at least March 20, 7:00am Moscow time.
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to the relatives of the crash victims.