All 61 aboard Russian airliner dead as plane crashes while landing
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All 61 aboard Russian airliner dead as plane crashes while landing

A Boeing plane with 61 people on board crashed on Saturday morning in Rostov-on-Don, in southern Russia, a local official said

world Updated: Mar 19, 2016 10:43 IST
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Members of operative services are seen at the airport of Rostov-On-Don, the point of destination of a Flydubai Boeing 737-800 which crashed in Rostov-On-Don, Russia, March 19, 2016. (REUTERS)

An airliner with 61 people aboard coming from Dubai crashed early Saturday while landing in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, Russia’s emergencies ministry said.

All 55 passengers and six crew members had been killed, Igor Oder, head of the emergency ministry’s southern regional operations, told Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puckhov in a televised briefing.

The plane was a Boeing 737-800 flying for the budget carrier FlyDubai.

In a statement, the budget carrier said it regrets to confirm that flight FZ981 crashed on landing and that fatalities have been confirmed.

It adds: “We are doing all we can to gather information as quickly as possible. At this moment our thoughts and prayers are with our passengers and our crew who were on board the aircraft. We will do everything we can to help those who have been affected by this accident.”

The carrier offered no preliminary cause for the crash.

Winds were anywhere from 14 to 22 metres per second (30-50 miles per hour) at the time of the crash and that there was light rain.

Ian Petchenik, a spokesperson for the flight-tracking website Flightradar24, told The Associated Press that the plane initially tried to land at Rostov-on-Don then entered a holding pattern and tried to land again before contact was lost.

On October 31, a Russian airliner blew up in the air over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 aboard. Investigators determined it was destroyed by a bomb onboard.

Russian news reports said most of those aboard were Russian tourists but there were unspecified foreign passengers as well.

First Published: Mar 19, 2016 07:58 IST