Passenger plane crashes in Russia; All 62 on board dead

RSTV Bureau
Flydubai plane crash site Photo- Russian Agencies

Flydubai plane crash site
Photo- Russian Agencies

A Boeing 737 passenger jet carrying 62 people on board crashed on Saturday while landing at the Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia.

Flydubai flight FZ981 crashed in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don killing all 55 passengers and 7 crew on board. The flight was en route from Dubai and crashed during a landing approach.

Russia’s Southern Regional Emergency Center informed the authorities about the crash.

The Flydubai Flight 981 had travelled from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don with 55 people aboard, the emergency centre said.

Citing an official at the emergency centre, Russian state news agencies reported that all people on board died.

Air-traffic control and local emergency services confirmed that the Boeing 737-800 jet crashed near the runway during a second approach in conditions of poor visibility.

According to preliminary data, the Boeing 738 crashed in poor visibility conditions, some 50-100 meters left of the runway.

“We’re aware of reports coming out of Russia and our team is currently gathering more details,” the Boeing Airlines tweeted.

State news agency Sputnik reported the airport would be closed until 6 a.m. Moscow time.

Russian Intelligence Agencies believe that all passengers on board were Russians, while the flight crew consisted of foreigners.