MOSCOW: All 62 people on board Flydubai flight FZ981 were killed when their Boeing 737 plane crashed and burst into flames as it was landing in Rostov-on-Don, in Southern Russia, on Saturday morning, officials said.
The plane flying from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don was making its second attempt to land in bad weather when it missed the runway, erupting in a huge fireball as it crashed.
The local emergencies ministry confirmed that all 55 passengers and seven crew on board were killed.
The Dubai Media Office said that the 55 passengers included 44 Russian nationals, eight Ukrainians, two Indians and one Uzbek.
The accident happened at 0050 GMT, according to an official statement from the ministry.
“The Boeing 737 on the Dubai to Rostov-on-Don route caught fire (after crashing),” said the statement, adding that it took an hour to bring the fire under control.
Ian Petchenik, a spokesman for the flight-tracking website Flightradar24, told The Associated Press that the plane missed approach then entered a holding pattern and tried to land again before contact was lost.. Tags: #
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