FlyDubai flight FZ981 crashes at Russia’s Rostov-on-Don airport, killing 62 people

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.”

 FlightRadar24 shows the plane circling a number of times and losing then regaining altitude and speed.
FlightRadar24 shows the plane circling a number of times and losing then regaining altitude and speed.

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.

REFILE - ADDING FLIGHT NUMBEr Emergencies Ministry members work at the crash site of a Boeing 737-800 Flight FZ981 operated by Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai, at the airport of Rostov-On-Don, Russia, March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE
REFILE – ADDING FLIGHT NUMBEr Emergencies Ministry members work at the crash site of a Boeing 737-800 Flight FZ981 operated by Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai, at the airport of Rostov-On-Don, Russia, March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE

“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”.

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/Sergei Pivovarov  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE
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/Sergei Pivovarov EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE

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.

 A map showing the location of Rostov-on-Don airport.
A map showing the location of Rostov-on-Don airport.

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

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

 

A psychologist of the Russian Emergencies Ministry (L) sits next to a relative of a victim of the crashed Flydubai Boeing 737-800 at the airport of Rostov-On-Don, Russia, March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Pivovarov  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE
A psychologist of the Russian Emergencies Ministry (L) sits next to a relative of a victim of the crashed Flydubai Boeing 737-800 at the airport of Rostov-On-Don, Russia, March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Pivovarov EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE

A psychologist of the Russian Emergencies Ministry (L) sits next to a relative (C) of a victim of the crashed Flydubai Boeing 737-800 at the airport of Rostov-On-Don, Russia, March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Pivovarov  EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE
A psychologist of the Russian Emergencies Ministry (L) sits next to a relative (C) of a victim of the crashed Flydubai Boeing 737-800 at the airport of Rostov-On-Don, Russia, March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Pivovarov EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE
A psychologist of the Russian Emergencies Ministry (L) speaks with a relative (C) of a victim of the crashed Flydubai Boeing 737-800 at the airport of Rostov-On-Don, Russia, March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Pivovarov  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A psychologist of the Russian Emergencies Ministry (L) speaks with a relative (C) of a victim of the crashed Flydubai Boeing 737-800 at the airport of Rostov-On-Don, Russia, March 19, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Pivovarov FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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