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All 62 Passengers, Crew Died as FlyDubai Jet Crashes in Southern Russia

A passenger jet has crashed while landing in Russia, killing all 62 people on board.


Flydubai Flight 981 had travelled from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don in eastern Russia.

Preliminary figures have revealed the death toll stands at 55 passengers including 33 women, 18 men and 4 children and 7 crew members.

And reports have revealed there may have been three foreign victims aboard the plane.


A TV grab taken on March 19, 2016 shows the news broadcast of the Flydubai Flight 981 crashing in southwestern Russia.

A spokesperson for the ministry said: “Unfortunately, they all died,”

The Flydubai Flight 981, which was about to land in Rostov-on-Don, "fell amid poor visibility conditions 50-100 meters left of the runway," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted an unnamed emergencies source as saying.


People watch news broadcast at the airport of Rostov-on-Don in southwestern Russia, where the Flydubai Flight 981 crashed, March 19, 2016. A Boeing 737 passenger plane from Dubai crashed early Saturday at the destination airport in southwestern Russia.

An emergency services spokesperson said: “Three foreigners were on the passenger list of the plane, but that information needs checking”

The Foreign Office has not yet confirmed if there are any British victims.

A spokeswoman from the emergency services ministry said "The plane with 55 passengers and four or five crew on board, coming from Dubai, crashed as it came in to land at the airport in Rostov-on-Don.

Emergency services are believed to have confirmed the Boeing 737-800 jet crashed near the runway at 00:30 UK time in conditions of poor visibility.

Firefighters have since managed to put out the blaze caused by the crash, according to Russian news agency Tass.

About 100 rescue workers are at the site of the crash after reports of a fire or explosion on board.

After the incident other flights were diverted away from the airport.

FlyDubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith, said, “Our primary concern is for the families of the passengers and crew who were on board.

“Everyone at FlyDubai is in deep shock and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those involved.”

Meanwhile Russian President Vladimir Putin has called providing assistance to the relatives of those killed a “priority”

A spokesperson for Boeing said: “We’re aware of reports coming out of Russia and our team is currently gathering more details.”

By Robert Muriisa.

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