Two Indians killed in Russia plane crash were from Kerala

  • PTI, Kochi
  • Updated: Mar 19, 2016 23:09 IST
Emergencies ministry members and investigators work at the crash site of the Boeing 737-800 Flight FZ981 operated by Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai, at the airport of Rostov-On-Don, Russia. (Reuters Photo)

Two Indians who were killed in a plane crash in Russia on Saturday belong to Kerala, state home minister Ramesh Chennithala said.

“According to information we received here, the two belonged to Vengola village in Perumbavoor in Ernakulam district. Further details are awaited,” Chennithala told PTI.

A police source said Shyam Mohan and his wife Anju left for Russia on Friday after spending a two-month long vacation with their relatives in Vengola. They were professionals working in an Ayurvedic resort in Russia, he said.

The external affairs ministry earlier said two Indians were among 62 people killed after a Dubai airliner crashed while landing in strong winds in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don.

The Flydubai Boeing 737 was making its second attempt to land in bad weather when it missed the runway, erupting in a huge fireball as it crashed and leaving debris scattered across a wide area.

There were 55 passengers and seven crew members on board at the time of the crash.

Russian investigators confirmed that all 62 people on board were killed.

Other passengers killed the accident include 44 Russians, 8 Ukrainian and one from Uzbekistan.

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