A plane carrying 62 people has crashed while attempting to land at Russia’s Rostov-on-Don airport, killing all those onboard, officials say.
The plane, operated by Dubai-based carrier Flydubai, “hit the ground and broke into pieces,” the Investigative Committee of Russia said in a statement on its website. “According to preliminary data, there were 55 passengers aboard and 7 crew members. They all died.”
Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency said the Boeing 737 crashed to the left of the runway during bad weather. FlyDubai released a statement on its Facebook page confirming the “tragic accident” involving its flight FZ981.
“We are doing all we can to gather information as quickly as possible,” the airline said.“At this moment our thoughts and prayers are with our passengers and our crew who were on board the aircraft.” FlyDubai said it was working closely with authorities. “We will share as much information as possible just as soon as we can and we will provide updated information on a regular basis.”
The Rostov regional emergency ministry told Russian television there may have been three foreigners on the plane.
However, the area’s regional governor said most passengers were from the surrounding region. Boeing said it was aware of reports coming out of Russia and its team was “currently gathering more details”.
Flight tracking website FlightRadar24 shows the plane making a number of loops, as well as gaining and losing speed and altitude many times, prior to the crash. In a statement, Russia’s emergencies ministry said the aircraft had to abandon an initial attempt to land and came down at 3:50am local time while making a repeat attempt.
In response to the crash 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. We don’t yet know all the details of the accident but we are working closely with the authorities to establish the cause. We are making every effort to care for those affected and will provide assistance to the loved ones of those on board.”
Statement by flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith regarding FZ981 from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don 19 March 2016
Posted by flydubai on Friday, March 18, 2016
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